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Bishop of Yuncheng, China, dies at 59

Bishop Pietro Wu Junwei of Yuncheng in China died on Tuesday, May 10, due to a heart attack. He was only 59 years old.

Ordained a priest in 1990, Father Wu was appointed bishop in 2010 and has since dedicated his life in evangelization, said a report on AsiaNews.

He promoted the organization of catechetical classes in the diocese and the construction of new places of prayer.

Bishop Wu was born in a village of Taiyuan (Shanxi) in 1963. He entered the junior seminary in 1982. From 1991 to 1996, he was parish priest of Shagou, and since 2001 he was responsible for “diocesan affairs” before he became rector od Shanxi major seminary from 2001 to 2009.

In September 2009 he moved to Yuncheng, and a year later he was appointed ordinary of the local diocese. He was consecrated with the approval of the Holy See and the approval of the government of Beijing.

Bishop Wu was the eldest of six brothers, one of them will later become a priest, and a sister, a nun. His great-uncle, Saint Peter Wu Anbang, suffered martyrdom during the Boxer rebellion of 1899-1901. He was canonized in 2000 as one of the 120 holy Chinese martyrs.

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