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Vatican: Accuses China of violating bilateral agreement to appoint bishops


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An appointment appears to violate the 2018 agreement between the two

The Vatican blamed today the Chinese authorities for violating the bilateral agreement on the appointment of bishopsinstalling a bishop not recognized by the Holy See.

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In its statement, the Vatican said it was informed “with surprise and regret” that the bishop of another city had been appointed deputy bishop of Xiangji.

The appointment appears to be one of the most serious violations of the 2018 agreement between the Vatican and Beijing. The deal, which some Catholics denounced as a “sellout” to the Communist Chinese authorities, was renewed in September for another two years. Her details remain confidential.

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Xiangji is not recognized as a diocese by the Vatican, the statement recalled, and placing a bishop there “is not in accordance with the spirit of dialogue.” Without giving further details, the Vatican maintains that there had been “strong pressure from the local authorities”. The Holy See expects an “explanation” from the Chinese authorities and hopes that “similar incidents will not be repeated”, it concluded.


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