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HOLY SEE - CHINA: Vatican Will Improve Agreement With Beijing

A special envoy of Pope Francis said the Vatican would improve its agreement with Beijing on the appointment of bishops, to help reunite the official and underground Catholic churches in mainland China.

Cardinal Fernando Filoni (in photo), the prefect of the church’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, said on a visit to Hong Kong that the world must be patient and positive about the reintegration of the churches. “The agreement is provisional only and we will improve it in the future,” Filoni said. 

Under that agreement, Beijing would for the first time recognize the Pope as the supreme leader of the Catholic Church, and the Vatican would have one month to decide if it would approve a bishop candidate recommended by the government.  

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