Priest’s body found floating on a river in China
Fr Pedro Yu Heping a Popular webmaster in China that owned a popular site that engaged many Chinese Catholics in China. Fr Pedro Yu Heping was found dead floating in the Fen River, a tributary of the Yellow River that flows through Shanxi province on the 8th of November.
Fr Pedro Yu Heping was on the 7th of November expected to be in attendance at a catechetical meeting, but he did not show up. That lead to his enquiries of his where about and search.
On the 6th of November “two nuns accompanied Fr. Pedro Yu Heping to the train station in Taiyuan to take a bus. And that same day various Church members were still able to talk to him over the phone that day” said an interviewed Source.
Earlier that same day of 6th November, one of the nuns got a mobile text that read “bie” in Chinese that is interpreted as “Farewell” said the Source. Many find it very difficult to believe that a dedicated priest like Fr. Pedro Yu Heping would commit suicide.
Many Chinese Catholics conclude that Fr. Pedro Yu Heping’s death is still a mystery that is yet to unfold. Many though still believe the priest was murdered and setted up to look like suicide. But investigations as to what exactly happened to the priest is still on.
Fr Yu was born in Shanxi. He studied at Baoding seminary in Hebei province from 1993 until 1997. He was ordained a priest of Ningxia diocese in 2004.
He furthered his studies at the Pontifical Bolivarian University in Medellin, Colombia, and at the Pontifical University of Salamanca in Spain. After earning master’s degrees in Church social teachings in 2006 and in canon law in 2007, he returned and taught in various seminaries in China.
In recent years, Fr Yu was active in publishing a theological journal and conducting research at several cultural institutes in China. He also brought young Catholics to preach and serve in remote areas