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The ordination of Peter Luo Xuegang as co-adjutor bishop of Yibin diocese has the blessing of the Vatican, locked in its decades-long rift with the state-backed church.

The latest source of friction is the possible presence of an excommunicated Chinese bishop at the ceremony. AsiaNews, which closely covers the church in China, reported that the former bishop, Paul Lei Shiyin, is almost certain to attend the ceremony.