Speaking in Milan for the 150th anniversary of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions presence in China, Vatican Secretariat of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said all popes have sought what Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI described as situation ‘of misunderstandings and incomprehension’ that did not benefit ‘either the Chinese authorities nor the Catholic Church in China.”
Parolin said Benedict XVI himself had approved the “draft agreement on the appointment of bishops in China,” which was first signed in 2018.
Parolin said the agreement is “is only a starting point,” and that “in these two years” he has seen “signs of growing closeness among Chinese Catholics, who have long been divided on many issues.”
“It is necessary to continue the dialogue so it can bear more substantial fruit. The Catholic community in China have a commitment to living an authentic spirit of reconciliation among brothers and sisters, making concrete gestures that help to overcome the misunderstandings of the past, even of the recent past. In this way the faithful, the Catholics in China, will be able to bear witness to their faith, a genuine love, and also open themselves to dialogue between all peoples and to the promotion of peace.””