Monday, July 03, 2006

Bishop Guo Wenzhi dies

Dear Friends of the Cardinal Kung Foundation Prayer Room:I forward to you a recent press release of The Cardinal Kung Foundation on the death of a very holy bishop. Please pray in solidarity with the underground Church. If you are in a position to make a special offering to the underground Church in honor of Bishop Guo's ministry and the graces it brought to the universal Church, please indicate this when you send your offering. We will relate this to the underground church.

Thank you.
Agnes Kung
Program Director
Cardinal Kung Foundation
PO Box 8086,
Stamford, CT 06905,

Underground Bishop Guo Wenzhi DiesSTAMFORD, Connecticut, JUNE 29, 2006

( Bishop Guo Wenzhi, the retired underground prelate of Qiqihar, died today after a long illness, a U.S.-based watchdog group said. He was 88. According to the Cardinal Kung Foundation, the bishop was born in Qiqihar, in the northeastern state of Heilongjiang, in 1918. He was ordained a priest in 1948, and ordained a bishop in 1989. He was accused of being a "counterrevolutionary" by the Chinese communist government in 1954, and was sentenced to 10 years work in various labor camps. After his release from the labor camps, his zealous evangelization greatly revitalized the underground Church in Qiqihar, regardless of hostility from the Chinese authorities. He was jailed again for several months in 1989-1990 for participating in an underground bishops' conference. He established many underground Catholic institutions and religious organizations that attracted many religious vocations and conversions. He retired in August, 2000.

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