First bishop in more than three years ordained
The Catholic diocese in Anyang, Henan province, has ordained the country’s first Catholic bishop in more than three years, an appointment recognized by the country’s religious authorities and the Vatican.
Father Joseph Zhang Yinlin, 44, was ordained coadjutor bishop of Anyang on Aug 4 in a ceremony attended by more than 1,500 people, including 75 priests and 120 nuns, said Li Jianlin, a spokesman for the Catholic diocese in the province.
Zhang was elected as candidate to be coadjutor bishop of Anyang diocese on April 29, and the ceremony was postponed until August “because of the preparation work required,” said Li.
The event received extensive coverage by Vatican Radio, the voice of the Holy See and the Roman Catholic Church. It noted that the ordination was approved by the Vatican.