Vatican Renews China Deal Allowing Beijing To Choose Bishops

The Vatican said Saturday it had renewed a secretive 2018 deal with Beijing allowing China to choose bishops on the mainland and then have Rome approve them.

It said the deal had, as widely expected, been renewed for two years.

“After appropriate consultation and assessment, the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China have agreed to extend for another two years the Provisional Agreement regarding the appointment of Bishops,” read a statement from the Vatican press office.

The agreement, signed in September 2018, was previously extended in October 2020.

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