Diocese of Shuozhou

Bishop Ma

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Bishop Paul Cunguo Ma

The Catholic Church, 8 Yunlu Lane, Beida Street, Shuocheng District, Shuozhou City, Shanxi Province, China Postal Code: 036002

+86 349 2034454

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Bishop Paul Ma Cunguo is the third bishop of Shuozhou diocese in northern Shanxi province. He was born in 1971. He entered the diocesan minor seminary in 1988 and then the Shanxi Montecorvino Major Seminary in 1991. Ordained a priest in 1996, he did pastoral work in parishes until his predecessor Bishop Bonaventure Luo Juan appointed him vicar general in 2002 and ordained him coadjutor bishop on Feb. 8, 2004. Since the episcopal ordination did not go through the "open" Church structure's procedure of "self-election and self-ordination", the government does not recognize Bishop Ma, who has a papal mandate. The authorities also criticized he was too young (then 33 year old) to meet the canonical requirement that a bishop must be above 35.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Bonaventure Luo Juan † (July 8, 1990 Ordained - March 15, 2007 Died)
  • Bishop Edgar Anton H?ring, O.F.M. † (July 15, 1927 Appointed - July 25, 1971 Died)