Monday, July 2, 2007

Letter to China

PBXVI issued a nice document on Chinese Catholics. In it he asked for improvement of the relationship between Rome and Beijing.

Some of the highlights of the letter include:
-Reminder of the right to religious freedom.
-Call to dialogue and evangelization.
-Pope's desire for normalization in relations between Rome and Beijing.
-Forgiveness is key to helping the split Church in China come into one Church.

Of course, Beijing's reaction to this letter is to say that the Vatican should cease all relations with Taiwan if it really wants to improve relations was not suprising. The two do not have official relations and the Vatican walks on eggshells with Beijing. Say a prayer for the persecuted Church in China.

Edit: I forgot the official explanatory note attached to the letter.

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