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Vatican and China Sign ‘Provisional Agreement’ on Bishops

Last edited 24th September 2018

Vatican and China Sign ‘Provisional Agreement’ on Bishops

The Vatican said the deal would 'contribute positively to the life of the Church in China'

The Holy See and the People’s Republic of China have signed a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops, the Vatican has announced.

Mgr Antoine Camilleri, Undersecretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States, signed the deal in Beijing with Wang Chao, representing the Chinese government.

The Vatican has so far not released the full text of the deal, but they said it “concerns the nomination of bishops, a question of great importance for the life of the Church, and creates the conditions for greater collaboration at the bilateral level.”

“The shared hope is that this agreement may favour a fruitful and forward-looking process of institutional dialogue and may contribute positively to the life of the Catholic Church in China, to the common good of the Chinese people and to peace in the world,” the Vatican added.

Spokesman Greg Burke said the deal would allow Chinese Catholics “to have bishops who are in communion with Rome but at the same time recognized by Chinese authorities.”

“This is not the end of a process. It’s the beginning,” Burke added. “This has been about dialogue, patient listening on both sides even when people come from very different standpoints.”


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