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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Chinese Bishop Denies Being Secret Cardinal

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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