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Editor’s Note: This is a Register working translation.

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.”

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News, October 22, 2020

Edward Pentin Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the Register.  …

Edward PentinVATICAN CITY — The Holy See has announced it has renewed its controversial Provisional Agreement with China on the appointment of bishops.

In a short statement (see below), the Holy See said it considers the “initial application” of the Agreement “to have been positive” and that the accord is of “great ecclesial and pastoral value.”

The Vatican also gave a lengthy defense of the agreement in an accompanying note published in L’Osservatore Romano (see below). In it, it said the agreement would remain confidential because of its “experimental nature” and reiterated its earlier assertion that Benedict XVI had approved a “draft.”  …