Michael Fu Tieshan

State church to name Beijing bishop the tried and tested way

The mainland Catholic Church will maintain its unilateral approach when it appoints a successor to Beijing Bishop Michael Fu Tieshan , who died on Friday night, a church official said yesterday.

Sunday, 22 April, 2007, 12:00am

A life of service

1941 Fu Tieshan enters the seminary in 1941 during the Japanese invasion

1956 He is ordained as a priest in Beijing's Beitang Church after the war

1990 Beijing's municipal government calls Fu a 'model individual' for his efforts in rebuilding churches

22 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Leader of patriotic church seriously ill

Top bishop's illness sparks succession worries

The Catholic Church in Beijing has mobilised the faithful in the diocese to pray for Bishop Michael Fu Tieshan, who is critically ill with a chronic disease.

20 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Catholic leadership crisis is looming

As the church hierarchy is ageing, few younger bishops are willing to step forward

A succession crisis is looming over the leadership of the official Catholic church, with few younger bishops willing to step forward to succeed ageing leaders.

7 Aug 2004 - 12:00am