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Archdiocese of Lanzhou

Bishop Joseph Zhihai Han
Bishop Han
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Bishop Joseph Zhihai Han
Xiaogoutou Sacred Heart Church,
Chengguanqu, 328 Jinchang South Road,
Lanzhou 730060, Gansu, China

Phone: Mobile: +86 931 885 27 33
Fax :+86 931 884 56 53

Bishop Joseph Han Zhihai, born in 1966, became a priest in 1994 and and was named the vicar general of Bishop Philip Yang Libai. He was later ordained clandestinely bishop on January 5, 2003 and succeeded Bishop Yang. Bishop Yang was secretly ordained bishop of Lanzhou in 1981 and died in 1998.

Bishop Yang, a key figure of the underground episcopal conference established in 1989, had been jailed for more than 30 years in his almost 50 years of priestly life. The bishop was persistent in his refusal to join the CPA and was kept on a farm for "re-education through labor" by authorities.

In 2003, Bishop Han wrote a letter to express his desire for communion. It was presented at the "2003 European Catholic China Colloquium" at Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

By October 2009, Bishop Han is recognized by the Chinese government as a priest and not as a bishop, but he works openly in the diocese.

According to the Vatican, Lanzhou is an archdiocese, while the Chinese government recognizes dioceses only.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Philip Yang Libai (secretly ordained in 1981, died in 1998)
  • Archbishop Theodor Buddenbrock, S.V.D. (25 Nov 1924 Appointed - 18 Jan 1959 Died)
  • Bishop Godefroy Frederix, C.I.C.M. (5 Mar 1920 Appointed - 14 Mar 1922 Appointed, Vicar Apostolic of Ninghsia)
  • Bishop Hubert Otto, C.I.C.M. (20 Jun 1890 Appointed - 14 Jan 1918 Resigned)
  • Bishop Ferdinand Hubertus Hamer, C.I.C.M. (21 Jun 1878 Appointed - 30 Aug 1888 Appointed, Vicar Apostolic of Southwestern Mongolia {Mongolia Occiduo-Meridionale})
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