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China-Vatican deal on bishops ready for signing

2018-02-02 09:28:19       source:The Washington Post

February 1, 2018


VATICAN CITY — A framework accord between the Vatican and China on the appointment of bishops is ready and could be signed in a few months in what would be a historic breakthrough in relations, a senior Vatican source said Thursday.


An even partial resolution on the thorny issue of who gets to appoint bishops could open the way for a resumption of diplomatic relations nearly 70 years after they were cut during the Communist takeover of China.


Full relations would give the Catholic Church a legal framework to look after all of China’s estimated 12 million Catholics and move on to focus on Catholic growth in a country where Protestant churches are already growing fast.


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