China Defies Vatican Over Bishop – BBC

 Media Images 42366000 Jpg  42366822 Church Ap 203B From BBC News:

China has named a new Catholic bishop in a move likely to increase tension with the Vatican.

Father Wang Renlei will be ordained on Thursday, a Chinese official said.

China and Rome do not have diplomatic relations and in May the excommunicated two bishops who were ordained without its approval.

There are 10 million Catholics in China, divided between the officially tolerated Patriotic Church, and an underground Church loyal to Rome. [Full Text]

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-Also read The New York Times report: China Plans to Install Bishop Without the Vatican’s Consent

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