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Beatification cause opened for papal envoy who strengthened Church in China

September 04, 2017

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CWN Editor's Note: The Diocese of Concordia-Pordenone, Italy, has opened a cause for the beatification of Cardinal Celso Costantini (1876–1958), who was appointed the Vatican's first apostolic delegate to China in 1922. His work is credited with giving the Chinese hierarchy the organizational strength that ensured the survival of the "underground" Church in the Communist era. The process for his beatification is likely to be slow, because of remaining tensions between Rome and Beijing.

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