China-Vatican deal shows positive effects: China expert

The Vatican-China agreement signed five years ago yielded positive results despite the dialogue between Beijing and Rome not progressing as desired, says a China expert Belgian missionary priest.

Two Chinese bishops attending the upcoming Synod on Synodality beginning in the Vatican next month is obviously a clear fruit of the agreement, said Scheut missionary Father Jeroom Heyndrickx.

Heyndrickx has spent decades in Taiwan and China as a missionary and seminary professor, starting in 1957. He was a member of the Vatican Commission on China between 2007 and 2013 before returning to Belgium.

He made the remarks on the China-Vatican deal in an interview with the Vatican’s Fides news agency on the fifth anniversary of the 2018 Sino-Vatican deal on Sept. 22.

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