Thousands of Catholics attended the funeral of retired underground bishop Mgr Casmirus Wang Milu of Tianshui last Saturday (18 February). His body was buried at a place near his native village in Gangu County (Gansu), northwestern China.
A priest called Pan led the funeral service. Some 30 priests took
part in the service, along with the bishop’s relatives, including his
brother John Ruowang, ordinary bishop of Tianshui, who was ordained
clandestinely in 2011.
Other underground bishops from different parts of China, especially
Hebei, Hubei, Chongqing, Heilongjiang, Shanxi and Shaanxi, attended the
A priest from an underground community told AsiaNews that
Bishop Casmirus Wang will always be remembered for “his love for God and
His people, especially his persistence in the Catholic faith,
enthusiasm in preaching the Gospel, kindness and generosity for the
poor, and perseverance and loyalty to the Catholic Church.”
According to the obituary issued by the Gangu parish, Mgr Wang
suffered an hemorrhage, pneumonia and other illnesses last month. His
condition deteriorated quickly and he passed away on the morning of 14
The notice said that Mgr Wang entered the seminary in 1956, and was
ordained priest in 1980 by the bishop of Baoding, Mgr Joseph Fan Xueyan,
a great authority in the Church who spent years in forced labour camps
and solitary confinement for his fidelity to the pope.
In 1981 he was one of the first three underground bishops ordained by
The other two were Mgrs Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding and the
late Zhou Shanu of Yixian, both in Hebei.
In 1983, Mgr Wang was arrested in Beijing and sentenced to ten years
Later, when he was suspended by the Holy See, he retired.