fredag 9. oktober 2020

Hong Kong Cardinal Fears City's Catholics Will Soon be Under China's Control

Recent reports that the Vatican will renew an agreement with Beijing over the running of the Catholic Church in China were swiftly followed by the resignation of Bishop Vincenzo Guo Xijin of Mindong diocese in southeastern Fujian province.

Bishop Guo announced his resignation on Oct. 4, a week after the Vatican and China announced plans to renew their agreement on bishops' appointments, the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAnews) website reported. Guo, who has repeatedly been targeted by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for eviction and imprisonment, announced his decision to retire to a life of prayer at his last public mass on Oct. 4. Describing the deal between CCP general secretary Xi Jinping and Pope Francis as "a new era," Guo said he was no longer able to "keep up."