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Cardinal Parolin: Vatican wants the Church to have a normal presence in China

May 10, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: Chinese Catholics from Beijing, Shanghai, and elsewhere donated statues of Venerable Matteo Ricci, SJ and the Servant of God Xu Guangqi to the cathedral in Ricci’s hometown of Macerata, Italy.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy See’s Secretary of State, was the principal celebrant at a Mass at the cathedral on May 9. Cardinal Parolin described the gift as a “beautiful gesture of friendship” and said that China is a “country dear to the Holy See.”

“The Vatican is interested in the relationship with China because it wants to achieve a presence of the Catholic Church that is marked by normality,” he continued. “Matteo Ricci was a great friend of China, and we believe that through the method he adopted we can grow in friendship and mutual knowledge.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - May. 10, 2023 9:27 PM ET USA

    A "Catholic Church that is marked by normality". Huh? The "underground" Catholic Church, her bishops, and her priests are persecuted by the CCP. Mao and Xi are to be literally worshipped in Patriotic Association parishes. The Vatican and CCP insist on "sinicization" of the Catholic Church in China and who knows where else. Maybe "normality" is defined in the cited article, but my knowledge of Italian is not good enough to discover it. As long as the CCP controls religion in China, I see no hope.