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  • Vatican, China exchange art amid stall in hard diplomacy

    Vatican, China exchange art amid stall in hard diplomacy

    • Nov 21, 2017

    China and the Vatican are planning a first-ever exchange of artworks for exhibits in China and the Vatican Museums, as the two states forge ahead with soft diplomacy amid a stalemate in negotiations to heal decades of diplomatic estrangement.

  • China’s president seeks more control over religion

    China’s president seeks more control over religion

    • Oct 27, 2017

    While the Chinese government technically recognizes Catholicism as one of five religions in the country, it does not recognize many Church leaders appointed by the Vatican, driving many among the Catholic Church leadership and laity underground. Since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, he has sought to tighten the government’s control over religious organizations.

  • Efforts to mend China-Vatican rift seem stalled over bishops

    Efforts to mend China-Vatican rift seem stalled over bishops

    • Sep 1, 2017

    China and the Vatican have had no formal relations for nearly seven decades, since Beijing ordered Chinese Catholics to cut ties with the Holy See soon after the foundation of the Communist state in 1949. Years of persecution followed, until Mao Zedong’s death 40 years ago led to the reopening of churches and freeing of imprisoned priests, some for decades, under the party’s anti-foreign and anti-religious policies. Popes from John Paul II onward have expressed hope for restoring diplomatic ties.

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