Magazine April 16, 2018, Issue

Has China Converted the Vatican?

Bishop Guo Xijin of the underground Church (center), who was recently detained by Chinese authorities (
Rome appears to be negotiating with Beijing against the nation’s 
underground Catholics

As Catholics worldwide headed into Holy Week, the most somber period in the Church calendar, news outlets kept afloat the rumor that in a few days the Vatican would announce a deal with the Communist government of the People’s Republic of China. It was hard to gauge the reaction of China’s Catholics, who number between 10 and 15 million, according to most estimates. Some Chinese prelates, not all of them in communion with Rome, have endorsed the push for an agreement whose central provision, it is widely assumed, is that the government would have a say in the appointment of

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