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By Jules Gomes, Church Militant, August 5, 2020

Communist Party newspaper: ‘Framework has worked well’

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Bp. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo sings the praises of China

VATICAN CITY ( – The Vatican is to renew its secret deal with China after negotiations on bishops’ appointments proved that “the framework has worked well for the past two years,” a Chinese Communist Party newspaper reported Wednesday.

Global Times claimed Argentine bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo confirmed the renewal, saying “they are going to renew it, which means the initial experience went well.”

The bilateral secret agreement is due to expire Sept. 22.

Sorondo, a philosopher, is current chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

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Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu, vice chairman of the bishops’ conference of the Catholic Church in China and bishop of the diocese of Mindong in China’s Fujian province, told Global Times that both sides were optimistic about renewing the agreement and upgrading it from a temporary to a formal agreement.  …