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 , 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 , 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 agency.

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