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A testy relationship between the Vatican and Beijing may improve as negotiations on ordaining bishops make progress

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hough eight bishops selected by Beijing yet unrecognized by the Vatican remain considered for ordination, a draft agreement shows a new procedure forming on a joint selection process for bishops in the future. As the only Western state that doesn't have diplomatic relations with China, the Vatican maintains a close relationship with Taiwan and has in recent years excommunicated numerous bishops appointed by Beijing. A division also exists between Chinese Catholics who follow state-sanctioned hierarchies and an "underground" community that only follows the Pope.
8 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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