Posts Tagged ‘China-Vatican relations’

Bishop’s resignation undermines Sino-Vatican pact

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

A Chinese bishop has resigned after the Vatican announced plans to renew its pact with China. This is a move which observers say is a setback to China’s hopes of implementing the deal smoothly. The deal was signed secretly in September 2018, and no details have yet been released. Its key provision is believed to Read more

Chinese bishops praise Pope and Vatican-China agreement

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Two Chinese bishops attending the youth synod, warmly welcomed by Pope Francis, are full of praise for the provisional agreement between the Vatican and the Chinese government. In welcoming Bishops John Baptist Yang Xiaoting and Joseph Guo Jincai to the synod, Francis wept, saying: “The communion of the entire episcopate with the successor of Peter Read more

China bans tours to Vatican

Monday, December 4th, 2017

China has banned its citizens from visiting the Vatican. The Vatican is a popular destination with Chinese tourists. The recent resumption of diplomatic talks between the Vatican and China has prompted an increase in the flow of tourists-pilgrims. If he realises they are at the Vatican, Pope Francis greets them personally and poses for selfies Read more

China’s president trying to control religion

Monday, October 30th, 2017

China’s President Xi Jinping says he wants to make the country’s many religions more Chinese-oriented by instilling socialist core values. Speaking at the country’s five-yearly Communist Party conference, Xi said religion poses threats to national security. He told the conference that separatism promoted under the guise of religion would not be tolerated. Although China officially Read more

Archbishop Hon moves from Rome to Athens

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, the top Chinese official at the Holy See, has been appointed the apostolic nuncio to Greece. In 2016, he was for some time the apostolic administrator of Agãna, in Guam. Hon’s appointment in Guam followed a request from Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron of Agãna, who was under investigation as a result of Read more

Possible landmark China and Vatican deal “absolutely unacceptable”

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

A possible landmark deal that would see China and the Vatican come to an agreement on the appointment of bishops would be “absolutely unacceptable”, China’s most senior Catholic cleric has said. Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, the retired bishop of Hong Kong, told the Wall Street Journal that if the Vatican agrees to let Beijing appoint Read more

Don’t surrender to China, Cardinal Zen tells Vatican

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, an Emeritus Cardinal from China, has warned the Vatican that allowing the Chinese government to appoint Catholic bishops would mean “surrender”. He, made the comment on Tuesday following an announcement by the current bishop, John Tong Hon, that the Vatican and the Chinese government are in dialogue over the appointment of bishops. Read more