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Dialogue is indispensable for peaceful co-existence Cardinal Tong says

“I believe that time will prove he (Pope Francis) is right, even if it is after his death. History will prove him right,” said John Cardinal Tong Hon, the former bishop of Hong Kong. 
 
In an interview given to America magazine in mid-March, the cardinal said that Pope Francis promotes the Holy See’s negotiations with China for the good of the Church and for the whole of humanity. 
 

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Hope for continuing Sino-Vatican dialogue

by Anthony Lam Sui-ki
 
Recently, Sino-Vatican dialogue has again become a hot issue for media and for the public. Actually, as early as 1981, the late Pope St. John Paul II already expressed his desire for contact and dialogue. The Holy See, however, stresses that such contact and dialogue do not aim at the establishment of diplomatic relations. 
 








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Talk of accord on bishops does not equate to diplomatic ties

Hong Kong (UCAN): Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan of Taipei, Taiwan, does not believe an expected Vatican-China deal on appointing bishops will lead to the eventual establishment of diplomatic relations.
 
He said that establishment of diplomatic relations is hyped up once a year but never comes true. 
 
“The pope will not give up his flock in Taiwan and China,” he said.
 

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The Holy See, China and the question of sovereignty

by Michel Chambon
 
In the past few weeks, rumours have spread about a possible agreement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China. In an uncommon move, the Vatican has even asked two bishops from the unofficial Church to shift aside for two official bishops initially appointed by Beijing.
 

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