Catholic congress ends with a bit of official pomp and cute diplomacy

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Ninth National Congress of Catholic Representatives was doused with a bit of official pomp when Yu Zhengsheng, the chairperson of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and a high ranking leader in the Communist Party, met with delegates in the plush surrounds of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing at its conclusion on December 29.

It also managed to avoid the contentious issue of previous years by skipping the closing Mass and replacing it with benediction, avoiding the problem of illicitly ordained bishops mingling at a concelebration at the same altar as those recognised by the Vatican.

Even though the closing ceremony and benediction were led by Bishop Zhan...