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(Zenit.org).- A priest-journalist recalled the late Bishop Giovanni Gao Kexian of Yantai as “a reserved and timid man” whose name is added to the “ranks of the martyred who gave their lives for Christ in China .” The bishop died “in an unknown prison in northern China ,” said Father Bernardo Cervellera, director of the AsiaNews agency. On Saturday the Vatican announced the bishop’s death and at the same time confirmed his episcopal consecration. The 76-year-old prelate died last month, and his body was sent to his relatives. The Vatican noted that there had been no news of him for some time. Bishop Gao “lived underground for most of his life,” Father Cervellera said. “Only now, after his death, has his ordination by the Vatican [as bishop] been made public.”