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World China extends deal with Vatican on bishops by two years

11:06  22 october  2020
11:06  22 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said on Wednesday that a controversial deal with Beijing on The deal , which was first signed two years ago and expires on Thursday, will be renewed for The deal would be extended without any new signatures because it was still an provisional deal .

Representatives from the Vatican and China are expected to meet before the end of the month in Rome in an effort to finalize a deal on the ordination of The Church sources also told Reuters that China is preparing to ordain at least two new bishops before the end of the year and these

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the Vatican have decided to extend a deal on the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops in China by another two years, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Thursday.

a large stone building: General view of Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican City as Italians stay home as part of a lockdown against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rome © Reuters/ALBERTO LINGRIA General view of Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican City as Italians stay home as part of a lockdown against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rome

The Vatican's accord with Beijing, signed two years ago, expired on Thursday.

It gives the pope the final say over the appointment of Chinese bishops, and the Chinese government allows all of them, including those hailing from a state-backed Church, to recognise the pope's authority.

China and the Vatican will remain in close communication, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a press briefing.

(Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Writing by Ryan Woo; editing by John Stonestreet)

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