Summer 2019 Vol. 39 - No. 193  Economic Development: a Double-Edged Sword for the Church in China

In Memory of Bp. Li Side of Tianjin

Holy Spirit Study Centre

        Bp. Stephen Li Side of Tianjin passed away on June 8, 2019 at the age of 92. He was born into a Catholic family on October 3, 1926 at Zunhua City of Hebei Province. He entered minor seminary at the age of 13 and entered St. Vincent Seminary in Beijing in 1949. He was ordained a priest in 1955.

        From 1958 to 1962 he was imprisoned for the first time and again in 1963 until 1980. On June 15, 1982 he was consecrated as the Bishop of Tianjin. In 1989 he was arrested again for attending the meeting of“The Chinese Bishops Conference in Mainland China”and detained until 1991. Thereafter he lived under surveillance at Lianghouzhuang, Jizhou District of Tianjin until his death. He was universally loved by the Catholics. His funeral was unfortunately strictly controlled by the local authorities so many people did not have the chance to pay their last respects.

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