Joseph Zen, retired Hong Kong cardinal, is against a rapprochement between the Vatican and China. The appointment of bishops has been a thorny issue until now. Governments cannot appoint good bishops, says Zen.
Improved ties between Beijing and the Vatican, following a historic deal allowing joint appointment of Catholic bishops in China, have raised concerns in Taiwan that it will lose its most important diplomatic partner.
Archbishop Carlo Vigano has launched a fresh attack on Pope Francis, urging him to resign. The accusation came as the pope concluded his trip to Ireland, where he begged for forgiveness for decades of Catholic abuse.
Pope Francis has decided to accept the legitimacy of seven Catholic bishops appointed by the Chinese government. He hopes in return that Beijing will recognize his authority as head of the Catholic Church in China.
The Vatican has been negotiating with Beijing for years and now seems prepared to make huge concessions. If the Catholic Church wants to grow, it cannot survive without China, says DW's Frank Sieren.
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