China Appoints Pro-Vatican Head of State Church – Peter Walker

From Guardian Unlimited:

China took a significant step towards improving its traditionally turbulent links with the Vatican today with the consecration of a new bishop of Beijing who is widely believed to have the formal support of the Pope.

Joseph Li Shan was installed to the influential role within China’s state-controlled Catholic church in a ceremony before hundreds of priests and nuns at the city’s 400-year-old Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, close to Tiananmen Square….[Full Text]

– Read China installs Pope-backed bishop via BBC

– Read also Quiet Signals Cleared New Beijing Bishop via NYT

[Image: The new Catholic bishop of Beijing, Joseph Li Shan, with followers, via Guardian Unlimited]

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