In 2003, Pope John Paul the Great announced that one of his selections for cardinal was being held in pecatore
(in his heart), which is a common practice re clerics in countries that oppress the Church. Many have believed that he was referring to a Chinese bishop, and now stories are circulating naming Li Duan, Bishop of Xian, as the secret cardinal.
This comes at a time when the Church is seeing new signs of a more cooperative relationship with Beijing. In this light, Bishop Li's non-denial denial to the Ming Pao Daily News may be telling:
I have never received anything formal from the Vatican about this issue.
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