By: Joseph Yeh
Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) Taiwan on Saturday expressed hope that a provisional agreement
between the Vatican and Beijing on the appointment of bishops signed earlier in the day can lead to greater religious freedom in China.
A provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops was signed by the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China on Saturday in Beijing, according to statements issued by both parties.
The Vatican said it hopes the pact “will contribute positively to the life of the Church in China, the good of the Chinese people and peace in the world.”
The issue had been a stumbling block in decades-long attempts by the Vatican to promote Catholicism in China and push for better relations with Beijing.