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China cool on Vatican enthusiasm

HONG KONG (SE): Although the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, did not actually mention diplomatic ties in a speech he made on August 28 in Pordenone, Italy, on the rosy future a positive outcome from negotiations with China could produce, a response from Yan Kejia, the director of the Institute of Religious Studies at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, seems to presume that was his bottom line.

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Vatican diplomat seeks to calm the waves

VATICAN (SE): “The claim that there are two different Churches in China does not correspond with reality,” the Vatican secretary of state, Petro Cardinal Parolin, was quoted by the Vatican Insider as saying on August 24.

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Second guessing Sino-Vatican outcomes

HONG KONG (SE): Reactions to the letter from John Cardinal Tong Hon, which was published on August 7 on negotiations currently being conducted between the Vatican and Chinese government representatives, have been generally hopeful, but at the same time counter-balanced with contradictory implication and limiting innuendo.

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Sino-Vatican talks demand a conversion

HONG KONG (SE): “A Chinese bishops’ conference in communion with the pope. All these bishops will be people who are converted to walk together towards the kingdom of God,” Bishop Joseph Wei Jingyi, the leader of the unofficial Church community in Qiqihar, in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, told AsiaNews.

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Wide variety of responses to letter on Sino-Vatican negotiations

HONG KONG (SE): A lengthy reflection published under the name of the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, on the ongoing negotiations between the Chinese government and representatives of the Vatican, has sparked a wide variety of responses, particularly from inside China.

Published in English in the Sunday Examiner and Chinese in the Kung Kao Po on August 7, the letter has elicited comments describing it as over-optimistic, balanced and inspiring, and plain unrealistic.

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Sino-Vatican talks stagger but continue

HONG KONG (SE): A lengthy report published by Reuters on July 15 claims that there is progress being made in the behind-closed-doors meetings between representatives of the Chinese government and officials from the Vatican.

Saying that over two dozen Catholic officials and clergy from Hong Kong, Italy and the mainland were interviewed, the article proposes the possibility that a solution to China’s illicit bishops may be on the cards.

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Silent Sino-Vatican meetings continue

HONG KONG (SE): The Vatican held its second meeting with representatives of the Chinese Communist Party this year, just days after the president of China, Xi Jinping, laid out a party blueprint for the management of religious affairs during the National Conference on Religious Work held in Beijing from April 22 to 23.

Church people in both Rome and China said that the second closed-door tête-à-tête is believed to have taken place in Beijing during the last week of April.

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The maze of Vatican-China talks

HONG KONG (SE): Following the information maze on clandestine negotiations between Beijing and the Vatican is a risky journey.

In the last week of January, while UCAN reported the ambassador from Taiwan to the Holy See, Matthew Lee, as saying relations appear stalled, the Milan-based Corriere della Sera said a Beijing delegation was actually on Vatican soil and had brokered an agreement on the appointment of bishops.

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Vatican confirms hushed meeting in Beijing

VATICAN (SE): “It is part of a process aimed at normalisation of relations,” the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, told the media at the Vatican on October 29, confirming that a delegation from the Holy See had met with government representatives in Beijing from October 11 to 16.

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