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Pope invites two Chinese bishops—one once excommunicated—to join in Synod

October 01, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis has issued late invitations to two Chinese bishops to participate in the October meeting of the Synod. After the Vatican and Beijing struck a deal on the appointment of new bishops, the Pope issued invitations to Bishop John Baptist Yang Xiaoting of Yan’an, and Bishop Joseph Guo Jincai of Chengde. The latter was installed by the Chinese regime without Vatican approval, thus incurring excommunication, but that penalty was lifted as part of the new Vatican-Beijing accord.

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