Pope Urges China Reconciliation

From BBC News:

The Pope has told Chinese Catholics of the officially tolerated Patriotic Church and those who worship secretly take steps towards reconciliation.

Beijing broke off formal diplomatic relations with the Vatican in 1951, and Catholic worship is only permitted in officially recognised churches.

But members of the underground church have kept their allegiance to Rome.

It is estimated that, altogether, there are more than 10m Catholics throughout China.

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