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Macau, China – The prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, said today in Macau that the “pastoral agreement” between the Vatican and China “will greatly help the Catholic Church” in the country.
Fernando Filoni presided over the official inauguration of the new facilities of the University of Saint Joseph in Macau, which gathered more than 500 people in the auditorium to attend Mass.
Macau - Hong - Kong - Places - China
Macau and Hong Kong are the only places in all of China where the pope’s authority is accepted.
On the sidelines of the event, the cardinal stressed to the journalists that the agreement, “will be very good for the Church in the future and for China too.”
China - Trade - Life
“China is already very open,” he said, “in trade, in political life, it’s really wide open.”
“When I go to Africa, I meet with Chinese people throughout Africa,” said the cardinal, following the ceremony blessing the facilities and a mass celebrated in the auditorium of the university.
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In Portuguese, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples recalled that this agreement, “is not political, it is not diplomatic, it is pastoral.”
The agreement, to be implemented in two years and ending more than 70 years of antagonism between Beijing and the Vatican, gives Beijing a say in the appointment of bishops.
China - Vatican - Ties - Pius - XII
China and the Vatican broke diplomatic ties in 1951, after Pius XII excommunicated the bishops appointed by the Chinese government.
Chinese Catholics then split between two churches: the Chinese-Patriotic Catholic Association, approved by Beijing, and the clandestine church, which remained faithful to the Vatican.
Vatican - Right - Bishops - Succession - Apostles
The Vatican believes that it has the right to appoint bishops to preserve the apostolic succession that goes back to the apostles of Jesus Christ. China regards the Vatican’s requirement as a violation of its sovereignty.
Due to the dispute, over the last decades the Chinese regime has...
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