Zenit.org reports the passing in China of clandestino Bishop Bishop Andrew Hao Jinli, 95, on Ash Wednesday. The bishop suffered many years of forced labor and prison, and expired shortly after receiving the Last Rites.
This is the first of three videos from the VeritasEstLibertas website that bring us a powerful oral history of the the struggles of the Church in China as experienced by these three Benedictines:
"Benedictine Father Werner Papeians de Morchoven (right), Benedictine Father Eleutherius Winance (center) and Benedictine Brother Peter (Bang-Jiu Zhou) (left) lived in a Benedictine monastery in Szechwan, China, during the Communist takeover. Father Winance was arrested and expelled from China, Father Papeians de Morchoven was forced out of China and Brother Peter was arrested and served 25 years in a Communist prison, where he was tortured for many of those years."