The Vatican and the communist regime in Beijing have renewed for two years the historic agreement signed in 2018 on the issue of the appointment of bishops in China, the host state of the Catholic Church announced last Saturday.
“The Holy See and the People’s Republic of China, after due consultation and evaluation, have agreed to extend by two years the validity of the provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops, signed on September 22, 2018,” the Vatican announced in a statement.
This “provisional agreement”, renewed for the first time in 2020, aimed to bring together Catholics divided between the official and ‘clandestine’ churches, giving the Pope the last word in the appointment of Chinese bishops.
A total of six prelates have been chosen since the agreement came into force.
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