Skip to comments.Beijing Cautions New Pope on Meddling in China
Posted on 03/15/2013 6:39:22 PM PDT by marshmallow
HONG KONG China congratulated Pope Francis on Thursday on his ascension to the papacy, but also warned the Vatican not to interfere in what China deems to be its internal affairs.
The reaction underscored the tensions between the Vatican and Chinas government, which has been accused of suppressing Catholicism under Communist rule.
Hua Chunying, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said that Beijing hoped the pope, who was elected on Wednesday, would work with Chinese officials on improving relations. But, she said, the Vatican must stop interfering in Chinas internal affairs, including in the name of religion.
She also said the Vatican must sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan before ties with Beijing improve. China considers Taiwan a renegade province that is part of its territory.
The Vatican, however, has resisted cutting ties to Taiwan and wants China to give assurances on granting religious freedom to Chinas Catholics.
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Dang, thought this was satire at first.
And lead Catholicism into a battle to the death with the forces of godlessness?
Peter means what? And what about this guy being of Italian ~ even Roman ancestry ~ so we have our Peter the Roman ~
Well, guess we all know what that means!
Godless communists threatening a Pope didn’t go well for the USSR. I hope Francis I makes the ChiComs very uncomfortable. I suspect he’s already making our very own DemComs uncomfortable.
Really NYT? They've been accused of it, have they? Let's not let facts get in the way of "objective" reporting.
I guess it wouldn’t be kosher for the Pope to tell the commies to go to hell.
What can they do? Chi Coms nuke Vatican, film at 11?
Or...what is Latin for “Shakin’ in my shoes”?
No ... calling them to repentance and conversion, or telling them that their current path is a highway to Hell ...
That would be more appropriate.
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