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Who are the kite runners?

HONG KONG (SE): After several reports appeared recently pointing to hiccups in the current round of talks taking place between the Holy See and Beijing, the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, admitted in his diplomatic way that things are rocky, saying that new challenges had been presented.
 

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Vatican admits talks with Beijing rocky

VATICAN (UCAN): While the ongoing talks between the Holy See and Beijing have been described by commentators as hitting a rocky patch, the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, said on August 2 that discussion over the appointment of bishops has presented new challenges.
 

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What’s in Vatican negotiations for China?

HONG KONG (SE): The benefits of an equitable agreement coming out of the ongoing Vatican-Beijing dialogue seem obvious enough for the Catholic Church, but no one enters into an international negotiation unless there is something in it for them as well, so what’s in it for China?

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A reflection on Cardinal Tong’s view of Vatican-Beijing negotiations

SAN DIEGO (SE): Although there are converging interests between China and the Vatican on the appointments of bishops, the two hold quite different agendas in the current, much-discussed negotiations between the two parties.

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The future of the Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view

By John Cardinal Tong

 

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China and Vietnam are unrelated realities

HONG KONG (UCAN): Government-sanctioned Catholic organisations in China held their Ninth National Congress for Catholic Representatives in December 2016.

What is worrying is that this congress claims to be the supervisor of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, while the conference itself claims authority over individual diocesan bishops.

Neither of these two practices are compatible with Canon Law or the doctrine of the Catholic Church.

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Conflicting conversations in the Church in China

HONG KONG (SE): “If you had asked me one year ago about the chances of a deal (between the Vatican and Beijing), I would have said remote to nil,” Ian Johnson, the author of Wild Grass, a reflection on civil society and grassroots protest in China, said in a blog posted on SupChina on January 6.

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Vatican breaks its silence on China

HONG KONG (SE): The Vatican has broken its silence on two much discussed topics amongst Catholics in China and in the international media; the convening of the Ninth Congress of Catholic Representatives, which was slated to take place in Beijing from December 26 to 29, and the presence of an illicitly ordained bishop at two ordinations, one in Chengdu and the other in Xichang on November 30 and December 2.

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Guarded pessimism on Sino-Vatican talks

HONG KONG (SE): Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun expressed guarded pessimism over the negotiations currently being carried on between the Vatican and Beijing at an afternoon gathering at St. Vincent’s Chapel in Wong Tai Sin organised by the Justice and Peace Commission on November 13.

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Disagreement or disloyalty?

HONG KONG (SE): Human Rights Watch has waded into the discussion over the on-going negotiations between the Vatican and Beijing, cautioning the Vatican not to make any agreement before it sees convincing evidence of religious freedom across the Middle Kingdom.

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