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Handan episcopal ordination postponed
The scheduled June 29 ordination of Coadjutor Bishop-elect Joseph Sun Jigen of Handan from northern Hebei province has reportedly been canceled due to pressure from the government.
Bishop-elect Sun, whose appointment was approved by the pope, is currently being “looked after” by government officials in the provincial capital of Shijiazhuang, Church sources say.
Bishop-elect Sun was taken away along with diocesan chancellor Father John Huai Jianting by public security officers as soon as he completed the pre-ordination retreat on June 26 in neighboring Henan province.
They were forced into a police car and when nearing Handan, Father Huai protested and tried to jump off. The officers then transferred him to another police car and sent him back to the diocese. They then proceeded with Bishop-elect Sun to Shijiazhuang alone.