Better days ahead for Sino-Vatican relations?
Rome’s Zenit News reports that the newly installed Bishop Paul Meng Qinglu (孟青录) of Hohhot is approved by both the Chinese government and the Roman Catholic Church. He was ordained last week after a long wait of five years:
Bishop Paul Meng Qinglu, 47, was ordained by three prelates in communion with and officially recognized by Rome, while thousands of faithful gathered to witness, reported Eglises d’Asie, agency of the foreign missions of Paris.
The prelate will lead the Diocese of Hohhot, in the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region of China.
The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart was brimming with faithful for the occasion. Some 500 Catholics with admission tickets gained entrance to the building, while 2,000 others gathered in front of the church.
Some 80 priests from five dioceses of Inner Mongolia, the majority of whom studied with Father Paul Meng or had been his students, concelebrated the ordination Mass.
Bishop Paul Pei Junmin of Shenyang, in Liaoning, consecrated the new bishop, assisted by Bishop John Liu Shigong of Jining and Bishop Matthias Du Jiang of Bameng, both in Inner Mongolia.
Also on the altar was Bishop Joseph Li Jing of Ningxia, who preached the three-day retreat made by Father Paul Meng before his ordination. The four bishops are all in communion with Rome.
Bishop Meng succeeds Bishop John Baptist Wang Xixian, who died at age 79 in May of 2005… [Read more here.]