Vatican and China Open Talks on Improving Ties – Ian Fisher

From New York Times:

The Vatican began two days of meetings on Friday over the church’s relations with China, which have soured because of a dispute over the right to appoint bishops.

The meetings were called to discuss “problems between the Holy See and China,” the Vatican’s top spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Thursday.

Father Cervellera said progress could be made only if the Chinese government clamped down on the Patriotic Association, something that he speculated could happen as the 2008 Olympics in Beijing approach. [Full Text]

– Also Vatican Wants China Ties But Will Stick by Taiwan by Reuters

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