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





  1. Annie Reply

    Really sad.

  2. michael Reply

    May his soul rest in peace!!

  3. Patrick Gannon Reply

    When I read stories about priests and other Christian missionaries being where they aren’t wanted, I’m reminded of the story about the old Eskimo:

    “I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, ‘If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?’ ‘No,’ said the priest, ‘not if you did not know.’ ‘Then why,’ asked the Eskimo earnestly, ‘did you tell me?'”

    1. Tina Reply

      To help others who *do* know….who *also* know.

      1. Patrick Gannon Reply

        So here’s the scenario. You’re a missionary visiting a place that has never heard of Jesus before. There are 200 people in the village who have never heard of Jesus, and hence would not go to Hell. Now you preach the word to these 200 people and 100 of them believe. The other 100, now having heard the word, but not being able to accept it because it conflicts with their other beliefs, or no belief at all, will go to Hell. You have increased the population of Hell by 100 people. Congratulations!

    2. Tina Reply

      “‘If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?’ ‘No,’ said the priest, ‘not if you did not know.’ ‘Then why,’ asked the Eskimo earnestly, ‘did you tell me?’”

      To help others who *do* know….who *also* know…aka…called to a higher calling.

      1. Patrick Gannon Reply

        Who are the “others” you refer to? It sounds like you’re trying to justify those who shove their religion on others because it’s good for them – because the texts tell them to spread the word. So what happens is they spread the word, many do not believe, and those people go to Hell, now that they know the word, but can’t accept it for any number of reasons. However the Christian gets to feel good about him/herself for helping to send more people to Hell. Is that your point?

  4. Tina Reply

    To help others who *do* know….who *also* know….aka…called to a higher calling.

  5. zhao zhang Reply

    These days, it is in “P.R.” China very very normal, that many people have “committed Suicide”; especially those whom the Communist Party mislike.
    But most of them would never come to the idea committing suicide, so that they in fact were commited suicide!
    I do believe that a priest of God will never do commit suicide, unless he also “was suicided”! For how die his dead body manage going into the river?!

  6. JP Reply

    Hey, let’s all relax. You tell them to help free them from the slavery of sin. You tell them so they can enjoy a life free from the bondage of sin. You tell the so they can love a life of Faith and Hope in their own destiny. Most importantly, you tell them because God commanded it in Scripture and it has been cemented in Church practice from the beginning.

    1. Patrick Gannon Reply

      No, I’m not going to relax. What is the RCC’s position on people who have never heard the “word?” Do they go to Hell because they never had a chance to believe in Jesus and be saved, or do they go to heaven? It seems that Limbo is no longer an option.

      If, in their ignorance, they go to heaven by default, then telling them about Jesus, changes their condition. Now they MUST believe, say and do the right things for salvation or they will go to Hell. Clearly their situation was much better before they were preached to.

      If their default situation is that they go to eternal torment in (an imaginary) Hell because they weren’t “saved,” who would worship a being who could do such a thing? Fear Him, yes; but worship, praise, and glorify? No way. (Why does an all-powerful being need to be worshipped in the first place? Why does He need anything?).

      And what “sin” do you refer to? The RCC has accepted evolution – and that means no creation myth, no two original people made of dirt and ribs, no talking snakes, no fall from grace, no original sin, no need for salvation. Evolution indicates that we evolved from a more animalistic to less animalistic state. Is “original sin” something that came about simply because we evolved from animals to humans? It was a sin to evolve? How can that be? Paul was wrong when he said that sin entered the world through one man, Adam, because there was no Adam and Eve. We know that various groups of humanoids evolved and interbred, and eventually we ended up here. There’s nothing in the evolutionary record or biblical texts aside from Genesis to support this fear-driven concept.

      Keep in mind that the whole creation myth is a product of The Exodus – and that never happened. The entire foundation of the three Abrahamic religions is made of shifting sands. The Jews apparently made up the story to feel better about themselves after having their butts kicked and being enslaved in Babylon. I’m willing to bet that most priests know this stuff – but they don’t talk about in church because they know that without the fear, the pews would empty. Transforming the religion into “followers of Jesus” is unlikely to keep the coffers full; and that’s what it’s really all about, isn’t it?

      1. Marshall Reply

        Maybe you should actually do some research or ask a priest or teacher in the Catholic Church who might be able to answer your questions. Posting on a random article and taking out your frustrations on everyone who came here is counterproductive to both you and everyone else here.

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