Joseph Li Shan

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li.
His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Joseph Li Shan
Archbishop of Beijing
Archbishop Joseph Li Shan 2014 (15606607701).jpg
Church Roman Catholic Church
Archdiocese Beijing
See Beijing
Predecessor No immediate predecessor
Thomas Tien Ken-sin (1946-1967)
Successor Incumbent
Other posts Parish priest at St. Joseph's Church
Consecration 21 September 2007
Rank Archbishop
Personal details
Born March 1965
Nationality Chinese
Denomination Roman Catholic
Motto Omnia Omnibus (English:All things to all men)
Coat of arms

Joseph Li Shan (Chinese: 李山; pinyin: Lǐ Shān; born March 1965 in Daxing District, Beijing) is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Beijing, China. He was consecrated a bishop on 21 September 2007, at age 42 at a ceremony at Nan Tang (South Cathedral) at Xuanwumen. Before becoming archbishop he served as parish priest of Saint Joseph's Church in Wangfujing.[1]


Li Shan was born on March 1965 in Daxing District, China. His appointment as Archbishop of Beijing was approved by the Vatican, and he is thus one of the minority of the Catholic bishops in China who are in full communion with Rome. This approval was granted before his ordination, as happened for several other in the early years of the 21st century, unlike others, of an earlier period, of whom Pope Benedict XVI wrote that they, "under the pressure of particular circumstances, have consented to receive episcopal ordination without the pontifical mandate, but have subsequently asked to be received into communion with the Successor of Peter and with their other brothers in the episcopate. The Pope, considering the sincerity of their sentiments and the complexity of the situation, and taking into account the opinion of neighbouring Bishops, by virtue of his proper responsibility as universal Pastor of the Church, has granted them the full and legitimate exercise of episcopal jurisdiction."[2]

Sources close to Cardinal Joseph Zen have nevertheless criticized Archbishop Li Shan because of an alleged tendency to compromise with the Chinese Communist Party and Patriotic Church.[3]


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Religious titles
Preceded by
Michael Fu Tieshan
Archbishop of Beijing