Anthony Li Duan, 78, Bridge From Chinese Church to the Vatican, Dies – AP
From AP via the New York Times (link):
Archbishop Anthony Li Duan, an important figure in China’s divided Roman Catholic Church, died Thursday, an official of China’s state-approved church said. He was 78. Archbishop Li had had liver cancer for two years, the official said.
Arrangements made before Archbishop Li’s death should forestall a new round of strife, however. Last year, Anthony Dang Mingyan, 38, was appointed auxiliary bishop of Xian, with the pope’s approval, and consecrated by Archbishop Li, AsiaNews reported.