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Holy See: regret for installation ceremony of Bishop in China

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In a press statement the Vatican notes with “surprise and regret” the installation of the Auxiliary Bishop of Jiangxi, a diocese not currently recognized by the Holy See.

By Vatican News staff writer

The Holy See Press Office released a statement on Saturday noting the “surprise and regret” of the Holy See upon receiving news of the “installation ceremony” that took place on 24 November in Nanchang of Bishop Giovanni Peng Weizhao of Yujiang (Jiangxi Province) as Auxiliary Bishop of Jiangxi, a diocese not recognized by the Holy See.

The statement notes that this event “has not taken place in conformity with the spirit of dialogue that exists between the Vatican parties and the Chinese parties and what has been stipulated in the Provisional Agreement on the Appointment of Bishops of 22 September 2018.”

The press statement also notes that according to reports received, “the civil recognition of Bishop Peng was preceded…by prolonged and intense pressure by the local Authorities.” 

In awaiting “appropriate communication about the matter from the Authorities,” the statement concludes by expressing the Holy See’s hopes that “similar episodes will not be repeated” and “reaffirms its complete willingness to continue the respectful dialogue concerning all of the matters of common interest.”

The Provisional Agreement had originally been signed by representatives of the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China on 22 September 2018. The Agreement provided for a two-year period of application ad experimentum. In October 2020, the validity of the agreement was extended for another two years, and again on 22 October 2022 it was renewed for another two years.

Source: Vatican News