Pope meets mainland Chinese bishop in first ever public meeting
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News of the event gets mixed response from open and underground Catholic communities in China
Bishop Joseph Xu Honggen of Suzhou and pilgrims meet Pope Francis on Oct. 5. Photos of their meeting went viral on social media among Catholics. (Photo supplied)
ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
October 13, 2016
Pope Francis has met with a bishop from mainland China in the first ever public meeting between the head of the church and a Chinese bishop.
The event met a mixed reception among the open and underground Catholic communities in China due to ongoing talks between the Vatican and China\'s ruling Communist Party that have divided the faithful.
Bishop Joseph Xu Honggen of Suzhou* from China\'s eastern Jiangsu province met the pope in a public audience at St. Peter\'s Square on Oct. 5.
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