Beijing bars 4 bishops from going to Vatican – David Lague

From the International Herald Tribune:

In a setback for Pope Benedict XVI‘s efforts to improve its official ties with China, the authorities in Beijing have rejected a Vatican invitation to four Chinese Catholic bishops to attend a church conference in Rome…

A spokesman for China’s official Catholic church, the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, and the Chinese Catholic Bishop’s College said the Vatican’s decision to announce the invitations “shows no respect” to Chinese Catholics and their decision-making bodies, said a report published Saturday by the Xinhua news agency.

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September 12, 2005 8:35 PM
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