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Vatican secretary of state interviewed by China newspaper

VATICAN (AsiaNews): The Global Times, the daily Chinese tabloid run under the auspices of the People’s Daily newspaper, published an interview with Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, on May 12. It marked the first time such an interview took place.
 
The front page of the paper featured a photo of a smiling Pope Francis  and sported that headline: Pope Francis sees China as a great country, says a cardinal.
 

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China invites Vatican to have pavilion at Beijing garden expo

VATICAN (CNS): The Holy See is one of a number of nations and organisations who accepted an invitation from the Chinese government to participate in Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition running from April 29 to October 7 with the theme, Live Green, Live Better.
 

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Official bishops back Vatican-China deal

HONG KONG (UCAN): Chinese bishops attending the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing gave their backing to the Vatican-China provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops.
 
Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu of Mindong, a CPPCC member and a vice-chairperson of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA), told Hong Kong’s Sing Tao Daily on March 3 that the deal was a win-win agreement that would promote the unity of the Chinese Church and its healthy development.
 

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Vietnam deal points way for China-Vatican progress

Michael Sainsbury
 
In 2002 Pope St. John Paul made the appointment that would underpin the Catholic Church’s efforts to begin repairing relations with Asia’s two main communist states, China and Vietnam, when he named Monsignor Pietro Parolin as undersecretary of state for relations with states in the Secretariat of State.
 








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A Tibetan view of the Sino-Vatican agreement

Sang Jieja
 
After years of negotiations, the Vatican and China finally announced in late September that a consensus had been reached on the appointment of Chinese bishops and the two sides signed a provisional agreement.
 
As a Tibetan bystander, I wasn’t optimistic about the agreement. I have been subjected to violations by the Chinese government for more than 60 years.
 








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Vatican-China talks resume reports say

BANGKOK (UCAN): After a long break, talks have resumed in recent weeks between China and the Holy See over a deal to normalise the appointment of bishops, according to reports coming out of Rome, with Pope Francis saying he remains committed to dialogue with the ruling Communist Party.
 
Citing unnamed Vatican sources, Reuters said that the first round of talks since December was held in Rome in the second week of June, 
 

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Dialogue with China: Small steps toward mutual trust

Hong Kong (SE): In early May, the Vatican News website began publishing a series of articles to give insights on the criteria and reasons guiding the Holy See in its contacts with the Chinese government.

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Holy See-China accord in the offing but at what cost?

HONG KONG (SE): An accord between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China “is almost made” and could be signed in the coming months, thereby opening a new phase in the relations between them, according to a senior Vatican source informed on the negotiations between the two sides.
 

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Vatican and China to stage joint exhibition

VATICAN (SE): There may be a common perception that the talks between Beijing and the Holy See are all about the appointment of bishops in China, but an announcement at the Vatican of a joint exhibition of Chinese historical treasures to be held simultaneously in Rome and the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in the Forbidden City in Beijing, reveals other topics are under discussion as well.
 

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