lunedì 23 maggio 2022

The controversial deal that rebuilt Vatican-China ties

(Holmes Chan, AFP - Yahoo)
A secretive deal between the Vatican and Beijing is up for renewal later this year as concerns grow about China's rights record and its tightening grip on churches and clergy. Pope Francis led a years-long effort to build ties with authoritarian China and in 2018 the Holy See reached a two-year agreement with Beijing. What is the Vatican-China deal? The agreement allows China's communist government to nominate bishops for the pope's approval, giving both sides a say over church leadership. In a key concession, Pope Francis recognised eight Beijing-backed bishops who were previously excommunicated because they were ordained without papal approval. The deal -- the details of which were never fully disclosed -- was extended in 2020 and will be up for review this October. (...)