Fresh Vatican-Beijing talks as ordination sees deal move closer
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Holy See appoints Father Ding Lingbin as Bishop of Changzhi while Beijing recognizes him only as coadjutor bishop
Bishop Jin Daoyuan (in gold vestment) sits in the center while new Coadjutor Bishop Ding Lingbin sits on his left, just after Bishop Ding's ordination early November. (Photo supplied)
The latest round of China-Vatican negotiations to resolve the issue of the appointment of bishops is believed to have taken place in Rome in the first week on November and the two sides appear to be closing in on a long-hoped for deal.
The pace of negotiations has increased with the first ordination of a joint Vatican-Beijing approved bishop this year, Father Peter Ding Lingbin as bishop of Changzhi, in the week following the talks on Nov. 10.
This indicates that obstacles appear to be falling away in getting consensus on both sides with Beijing recognizing him in the lesser role of coadjutor bishop due to the continued existence of a Beijing appointed bishop in the diocese. That is Bishop Andrea Jin Daoyuan, 87, appointed by Beijing without papal approval in 2000 but who has since been pardoned and recognized by the Vatican as bishop but without any authority to manage the diocese.
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