In Signing China Deal, the Vatican Takes an Enormous Risk

In Signing China Deal, the Vatican Takes an Enormous Risk
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Confirmation today that a long-awaited deal between the Vatican and China on the appointment of bishops has divided Catholics, and China-watchers, around the world.

Some welcome the agreement, hoping it will end a stalemate between the Chinese Communist Party and the Holy See that has lasted for almost 70 years, and that it might be a step towards better protecting, and uniting, Catholics in the world's most populous country.

Others, notably Hong Kong's retired Cardinal Joseph Zen, have reacted with fury, arguing that the Vatican negotiators are naïve in believing China's regime.

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