The rules do not mention any role of the Vatican in approving bishops, despite the 2018 Vatican-China agreement reportedly involving both Chinese authorities and the Holy See in the process of appointing bishops.
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Although persecution of Catholics and other religious groups was high in 2019, it increased in 2020, the report noted.
Initial media reports said that this could be considered the first episcopal ordination to have taken place using the rubrics laid out in the provisional agreement between China and the Holy See.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's remarks came one week after the Vatican and China renewed their provisional agreement on the ordination of bishops.
On October 21, the day before it was announced the deal had been renewed, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin told journalists that while he was “happy” with the agreement, he also acknowledged “there are also many other problems that the agreement was not intended to solve.”
The Vatican also offered a lengthy defense of the agreement, saying that “processes for new episcopal appointments are underway, some at an early stage, others at an advanced stage.”
Following the Vatican-China agreement in 2018, state officials in different regions of China removed crosses and demolished church buildings, and underground Catholics and clergy have reported harassment and detention.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was at the Vatican this week talking about China and human rights and meeting with the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Register Rome correspondent Edward Pentin covers this story here on Register Radio.And then, we hear from Register contributor Andrea Picciotti-Bayer about President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court Amy Coney Barrett and the grueling confirmation process that lies ahead.
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