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The second mainland Chinese Church leader to die young within the last two months passed away June 18 in Chengdu.
Father Simon Li Zhigang, 48, the bishop candidate of Chengdu diocese, died of liver cancer.
He was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer shortly after the bishop election on May 10. His funeral will be held tomorrow.
The news shocked many Catholics across China as it was less than two months after the death of Bishop Francis Lu Shouwang of Yichang, central Hubei province. The 45-year-old prelate, who received his episcopal ordination in 2007, died of acute pancreatitis on April 30.