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Apparent headway in negotiations has polarized opinions

Mixed reactions to Vatican-China progress

A statue of St. Peter at the Vatican. An international campaign is appealing to the Vatican not to rush into an accord with the Chinese government over the appointments of bishops. (ucanews.com photo)

ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
China

November 25, 2016

A number of episcopal ordinations are planned in China next week pointing to progress in the secret negotiations between Beijing and the Vatican but there are commentators who are hesitant to proclaim a new dawn in relations between the two parties.

Sources confirmed that the latest closed-door negotiations were held in Rome in early November. Despite a church source telling ucanews.com that a deal is still a long way off, a new round of episcopal ordinations are being set up.

The ordinations will happen in Chengdu Diocese in southwestern Sichuan province and Ankang Diocese in northwestern Shaanxi province on Nov. 30 and Xichang Diocese in Sichuan on Dec. 2. All of them are approved by the Vatican and the Chinese government.

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