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Entertainment Beijing and the Vatican will renew a thorny marriage, Washington on the attack

13:15  21 september  2020
13:15  21 september  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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The Vatican is likely to renew next month an agreement with Beijing governing the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops and the status of The Vatican has also been circumspect when it comes commuting on the Chinese government’s security crackdown on Hong Kong, the Child Marriage .

Un fidèle agite le drapeau chinois près du Pape François le 12 juin 2019 au Vatican © Filippo MONTEFORTE A faithful waves the Chinese flag near Pope Francis on June 12, 2019 at the Vatican

The Holy See and Communist China are getting ready to renew a historic agreement signed two years ago, which gives the Pope the last word in appointing Chinese bishops, arousing the ire of the US government.

In the United States, President Donald Trump brandishes China's anti-religious repression as an argument for the presidential campaign.

Its Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attacked the Vatican head-on by publishing a tweet and a forum at the end of the week in which he denounced the "horrible" persecutions of believers of all faiths in China which "repulsed" many countries .

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The Vatican and China are preparing to renew a historic deal on the appointment of bishops that has slightly Thorny issues, such as Chinese Catholic priests suddenly disappearing from their parishes for Diplomatic relations between Beijing and the Holy See broke down in 1951, two years after the

The Vatican is close to renewing a historic agreement with China on the appointment of bishops in the country, as the two states inch toward restoring diplomatic So any rapprochement with Beijing is sensitive, especially since China’s ultimate goal would be for the Vatican to cut ties with Taiwan.

"More than ever, the Chinese people need the moral witness and the authority of the Vatican", he says in the American religious magazine "First Things". Adding that "the agreement between China and the Vatican did not protect Catholics against the actions of the party".

Pope Francis has certainly accustomed the faithful to explicitly denounce a number of persecutions on the planet, but he has adopted a diplomatic attitude of small steps with Beijing, to put together a Chinese Church split in two.

The 12 million or so Chinese Catholics - a very small minority in this country of nearly 1.4 billion inhabitants - have been torn for decades between a "patriotic" Church controlled by the Communist regime and a so-called "underground" Church. the authority of the pope and often persecuted as such.

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The Vatican and China have been moving toward an accord on the appointment of bishops in what would be a historic breakthrough and a precursor to As the faithful prayed in Hong Kong, the number of signatories of an online petition against the deal, which would involve the Vatican recognizing

Le pape François au Vatican le 9 septembre 2020 © Vincenzo PINTO Pope Francis at the Vatican on September 9, 2020

On September 22, 2018, the Vatican sealed a historic "provisional" agreement with the Communist regime in Beijing, the fruit of endless negotiations at a snail's march, the content of which exact was never published.

The only tangible point announced at the time: Pope Francis immediately recognized eight Chinese bishops appointed by Beijing without his approval.

Two years later, the results are not bright for Vatican diplomacy, but two new bishops have been appointed in China with the final endorsement of the leader of the 1.3 billion Catholics on the planet. Beforehand, they had to become members of the official Patriotic Church, which many old prelates persecuted in the past still fiercely refuse to do.

All over the world, it is the Pope who decides on the appointment of bishops, men whom he himself has met or who are recommended to him by national episcopal conferences.

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The details of the deal have never been made public, but it gave the Vatican a say in the appointment of Catholic bishops in China. Pope Francis also recognised eight bishops that had been appointed by Beijing without his approval. “ The Vatican endangers its moral authority, should it renew the deal.”

A long-expected, controversial deal between the Chinese government and Catholic leaders in the Vatican has sparked opposition, including inside the Church itself.

Historic moment in February 2020: Foreign "ministers" from China and the Vatican met publicly in an international event, a first in seven decades.

But diplomatic relations between Beijing and the Holy See were severed in 1951, two years after the Communists came to power.

The Vatican also continues to maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan. A deadlock situation, because this island populated by 23 million inhabitants is considered by Beijing as a Chinese province awaiting reunification.

- Green light from the pope to renew the agreement -

Pope Francis has just given the green light to the renewal of the agreement, still in "experimental" mode for two more years, a source close to the matter told AFP. A discreet exchange of notes with China has yet to seal it "in October".

The thorny questions, such as those of Chinese Catholic priests suddenly disappearing from their parishes for weeks "at the invitation" of the authorities, are raised in Beijing by Vatican diplomats, assures this eminent expert.

They are the subject of recurring criticism from the old Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong, or even from the Italian father Bernardo Cervellera, former missionary in China, who publishes on his site AsiaNews testimonies of Chinese Catholics very dissatisfied with the agreement.

"Our current interest with China is to normalize the life of the Church as much as possible", explained in mid-September Cardinal Pietro Parolin, right-hand man of Pope Francis and main architect of the agreement, while admitting that the first results of the agreement "were not particularly striking".

Four days earlier, Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the Chinese foreign minister, gave a positive note to the bilateral agreement, "successfully implemented".

A compliment for a Chinese Communist Party which wonders about any organization, especially religious, that could threaten its authority.

Beijing has observed for several years a policy of "sinicization" of religions, intended to make them conform to the objectives of the communist power.

The China of President Xi Jinping, who came to power in 2012, has also increased its surveillance of all cults. Churches have been destroyed, crosses taken down from steeples and religious nursery schools closed.

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