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Low key bishop dies

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): Bishop Francis Tong Hui, from the northern area of Shaanxi province, died of illness in his sleep on October 27 at the age of 84.

The former bishop of Yan’an, who had been ill for some years, would have celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination as a priest on December 23. He was born in Lintong, Shaanxi.

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Bishop’s death sparks succession quandary

WENZHOU (AsiaNews): The death of Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang, from Wenzhou in Zhejiang province, on the morning of September 7 at the age of 90 has sparked a looming crisis in the continued leadership of the diocese.

The coadjutor bishop set to succeed him was reported to have been kidnapped by police a few days before Bishop Zhu’s death and was not allowed to return for his funeral.

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The soul of lost souls deeply mourned

HONG KONG (SE): The much loved and well respected soul of lost souls, Aida Guerrero, surrendered to her battle with cancer at her home in Pampanga, The Philippines, on June 5.

As the supervisor at the Ap Lei Chau Shelter for Filipino migrant workers in difficulties, she had for 25 years touched the lives of many a lost and troubled migrant soul seeking respite from an often cruel and hostile world, giving strength to the weak, courage to the fearful and comfort to the suffering.

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Death Notice - Bishop Thomas Zeng Jingmu

 

Yujiang (SE): Bishop Thomas Zeng Jingmu, from Yujiang, Jiangxi, China, died on April 2, according to an April 22 report from Agenzia Fides. He was almost 96-years-old. 

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Much revered bishop dies in Yujiang

YUJIANG (AsiaNews): A great warrior and much revered person among Catholics in the Nanchang area, Bishop Thomas Zeng Jingmu, the former bishop of Yujiang, passed away on April 2 at the age of 96.

Bishop Zeng (sometimes spelled Deng) had spent more than two decades in prison for his resistance to joining the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. For his whole life he remained a member of the unofficial, or unregistered, Catholic community and was never recognised by the government as a bishop.

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Catholic media pioneer dies

ALABAMA (SE): Rita Rizzo, known to the world as Mother Angelica, founder of the vast United States of America (US) Catholic Eternal World Television Network (ETWN), died on Easter Sunday, March 27, at the age of 92.

She joined the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration at the age of 21 and later established Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, which was initially supported by producing religious pamphlets.

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Nepal mourns its first bishop

Kathmandu (UCAN): The first bishop in Nepal, Bishop Anthony Francis Sharma, died on December 8 following a battle with brain cancer.

The Apostolic Vicariate of Nepal reported that he had been undergoing treatment at Neuro Hospital in Kathmandu. He was 78-years-old.

Bishop Sharma oversaw the growth of the Catholic Church through the nation’s recent tumultuous decades. 

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Death Notice

HONG KONG (SE): With deep sorrow the Precious Blood Sisters announce the death of Sister Margaret Tam Yut-wa, who passed away peacefully on December 1 at the age 92, after 76 years of religious life.

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A bishop in tough times dies

MANILA (Agencies): Bishop Federico Escaler, the first bishop of Kidapawan in Cotabato province, died in the early hours of the morning of November 28 at the age of 93.

A Jesuit, Bishop Escaler was a bishop during tough times, as Kidapawan was a hotbed of violence and conflict in 1976 when the diocese was set up. He moved from there to Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay in 1980, which has always been an unstable place.

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