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Vatican official says the Pope ‘loves China’ 

Beijing : A Vatican official visiting Beijing says the pontiff “loves China” — a communist country which has yet to establish official diplomatic relations with the Holy See.

“Pope Francis loves China and loves the people of China, its history and population,” Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, a chancellor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, said on Thursday, according to the state-run Global Times.

Sorondo, who is considered a close friend of Francis, confirmed to AFP Friday that he made these remarks, reported The Times of India.

The Vatican and China do not maintain diplomatic relations, but since becoming head of the Holy See in 2013 Pope Francis has tried to mend ties with Beijing in the hope of reconnecting with Catholics in China.

Negotiations between the two sides have been stymied by the issue of appointing bishops.

The country’s roughly 12 million believers are divided between those loyal to Beijing, whose clergy are chosen by the Communist Party, and members of a so-called “underground” church which swears allegiance to the Vatican.

This June, Rome expressed “grave concerns” over the fate of a clandestine or underground church bishop who was detained mid-May.

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One Response to Vatican official says the Pope ‘loves China’

  1. A. S. Mathew

    I read a book written by David Aikaman, ” JESUS IN BEJING” who was the bureau chief of Time in Bejing for a very long time, that Christianity is rapidly spreading in China. Based on many reports, 10% of the people of China are now followers of JESUS CHRIST.

    Some of my friends who had business in China said that the Church buildings are over packed; and in some Churches, two or three services on Sunday due to the high number of believers there.

    The Chinese ruler at the time of President Jimmy Carter was very close friends. He asked President Carter, what personal favor he can do for him? President Carter replied, allow the Christian missionaries in China-printing plenty of Bibles in China and Churches for the Christian believers. After a pause, the Chinese leader said that he will do two things, Bible printing and Church buildings. The Amity Bible printing company in China in collaboration with the United Bible Society in the U.S. is the largest Bible Printing company in the world. They have printed over 100 million Bibles a few years back already.

    Another insight based on the interview with the political leaders of China is rather surprising. They said that, both the U.S. and Great Britain became empires because their religion was Christianity. And so, the politicians of China believe that if Christianity is not their religion, China can’t be a world power.

    See, how China is getting stronger every day! The communism is only in name; there is no communism in China, but pure capitalism. While the RSS rulers of India are trying to terrorize the Christians of India, in China the politicians are accepting JESUS CHRIST as their Lord and Saviour.