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CHINA: Catholics Remain Split Over Vatican Deal

There are splits in Chinese Catholic families despite Vatican hopes that an agreement with the country’s communist regime would help reconcile members of the officially recognized and underground church communities.

The text of the provisional agreement reached in September last year has not been made public, but it provides for Chinese government-backed church officials to nominate new bishops while purportedly giving the Vatican a right of veto.

In a letter to the Chinese faithful on Sept. 26, Pope Francis said it was motivated by specific spiritual and pastoral aims to “re-establish and preserve the full and visible unity of the Catholic community in China.”

But for some Catholic families, the reality on the ground has been otherwise, not least because of external pressures.   

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