Agreement Between The Pope

The agreement is “exclusively the issue of the appointments of bishops” and does not address other matters “that still concern the Church.” Beijing Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters thursday at a daily briefing that China and the Vatican had decided to extend the agreement “after friendly consultations.” A new era for the Catholic Church in China began last fall, when Pope Francis signed a historic “provisional agreement” with the People`s Republic of China on the appointment of bishops in China. The agreement broke a nearly 70-year standoff between Beijing and the Vatican. At the end of September, the Pope also gave an interview on the agreement and sent a message to Catholics in China and the Universal Church to explain the reasons for this courageous gesture. Finally, the direct ties between the Catholic Church and China could also benefit Pope Francis. Maybe the pope can visit China. Indeed, this would be a great success, even if it would be open to many misunderstandings, because it would come to China at a time of increasing restrictions on religious expression. A concordant is an agreement between the Holy See and a sovereign state that defines the relationship between the Catholic Church and the State in matters that concern both[1] i.e. the recognition and privileges of the Catholic Church in a given country and with secular issues that affect the interests of the Church. For the Pope, he seems to be banking on the continued fidelity of the submerged Church. They have faced wolves in the past and they can certainly survive a painful chord. In announcing the agreement, Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See`s Press Office, said that “the purpose of the agreement is not political but pastoral, which allows the faithful to have bishops in communion with Rome, but at the same time recognized by the Chinese authorities.” The Vatican defended the 2018 agreement against criticism that Francis had exhausted illegal believers and said the agreement was necessary to avoid an even more serious division within the Chinese church, after Beijing appointed bishops without the pope`s approval. Diplomatic relations between Beijing and the Holy See collapsed in 1951, two years after the land of communist power. Between 1847 and 1866, the Holy See repeatedly complained about the Tsarist government`s interference in seminary pedagogy and ecclesiastical affairs.

Finally, in 1866, the insult to the Russian ambassador to the Holy See against the Pope led to the breakdown of diplomatic relations between the Vatican and St. Petersburg. Pope Leo XIII renewed relations through the December 1882 Convention. [6] In Beijing, the Foreign Ministry made a statement saying: “China and the Vatican will continue to communicate and advance the process of improving relations between the two sides.” But there are hopes. One hope is that this agreement will be only the first step. Future agreements could clarify a range of secondary agreements for the Church in China. The fact is that the normal management of the church in China has been difficult over the last 70 years. There are, for example, problems with diocesan borders. The Vatican still officially has 144 dioceses (and other ecclesiastical divisions), while the Chinese government still has 98 dioceses.

One of the reasons for this discrepancy is that the borders and even the names of some provinces and regions in China have changed since 1949.

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