China and the Vatican renew controversial bishops deal after ‘good start’ | South China Morning Post

Meanwhile, the unofficial (underground) Church which will no submit to an atheist antireligious government to approve it’s bishops continues to ride under the bus.

China and the Vatican renewed an agreement on the appointment of bishops on Thursday that critics say has done little to improve relations between the two sides. Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian confirmed the deal would be extended for two more years, saying the Vatican and China would maintain close dialogue and work to improve ties. The Holy See also announced the move, saying that the “initial application [of the agreement] has been positive, thanks to the good communication and cooperation between the parties”. Church sources said the deal was renewed via an exchange of diplomatic notes and there was no in-person signing ceremony organised because of the coronavirus pandemic.

China and the Vatican renew controversial bishops deal after ‘good start’ | South China Morning Post

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