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Despite religious repression Sino-Vatican deal is significant

Father Gianni Criveller
 
Six months ago, the Vatican and Beijing reached a provisional agreement over the appointment of bishops in China.
 
It was signed on 22 September 2018 during a very negative year for religious freedom in China and, in particular, for the Catholic faithful. The agreement’s details remain undisclosed.
 








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Church is active part of Chinese history cardinal says

Vatican (UCAN): “The Catholic Church in China is not a ‘foreigner’ but an integral and active part of Chinese history and can contribute to the edification of a society that is more harmonious and respectful of all,” Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, wrote in the preface of a soon to be launched book, The Church in China: A New Departure.
 

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Study retreat looks into China situation

HONG KONG (SE): A study retreat was organised for clergy by the Diocese of Hong Kong from January 8 to 10, to deepen their understanding of the situation of the Church in China.
 
With the help of different researchers on the subject, the retreat covered four topics, including the theological principles behind the reforms of Pope Francis, Chinese president Xi Jinping’s policy on religion, the provisional Sino-Vatican agreement on the appointment of bishops reached on September 22 and the future of the Church in China. 
 

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