Pope, China in his­toric deal on bish­ops

Panay News - - WORLD | SPORTS -

VAT­I­CAN – Pope Fran­cis has rec­og­nized seven bish­ops ap­pointed by China as part of a his­toric ac­cord to im­prove ties be­tween the Vat­i­can and the com­mu­nist coun­try.

The is­sue of who ap­points bish­ops has been at the heart of a dis­pute since China first broke off diplo­matic ties with the Holy See in 1951. China has some 10 mil­lion Catholics. Pope Fran­cis hopes the deal “will al­low the wounds of the past to be over­come” and bring about full Catholic unity in China, the Vat­i­can said.

An eighth bishop, who died last year, was also posthu­mously rec­og­nized by the Vat­i­can.

Bei­jing has long in­sisted that the state must ap­prove the ap­point­ment of bish­ops in China, run­ning con­trary to the Catholic Church’s in­sis­tence that it is a pa­pal de­ci­sion.(

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There are at least 10 mil­lion Catholics in China.

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