Bishop Francis Cui Qingqi, 57, is the sixth bishop to be consecrated in China since the Holy See signed a provisional agreement with the Chinese government in September 2018.
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The Catholic faithful have circulated a prayer asking God for the safe return of Bishop Zhang.
Bishop Li is the third bishop to be consecrated since the deal’s renewal.
“I really have no big plan, grand plan of how to unify, but I do believe there is a God, and God wants us to be united,” the 61-year-old Bishop-elect Chow said.
NEWS ANALYSIS: Charting a course between placating China’s communist regime while remaining attentive to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement will not be an easy challenge.
The Vatican announced Father Chow’s appointment on May 17, more than two years after the death of Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung left Hong Kong without a permanent bishop.
Benedict Rogers is the founder of Hong Kong Watch, a U.K.-based organization monitoring human rights, freedoms, and rule of law in the city on China’s southern coast.
It remains unclear whether Sachs’ approach to China has had a direct influence on the Holy See’s own dealings with Beijing.
The rules do not mention any role of the Vatican in approving bishops, despite the 2018 Vatican-China agreement reportedly involving both Chinese authorities and the Holy See in the process of appointing bishops.