Vatican’s China Outreach Roils Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Catholics

A child peers out near a cross on a gate of the Wangfujing Catholic Church, Beijing, China, Aug. 14, 2014 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).
A child peers out near a cross on a gate of the Wangfujing Catholic Church, Beijing, China, Aug. 14, 2014 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).

In late May, at a high-level Community Party meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping cautioned that religions in China must be free from foreign influence and incorporated into socialist Chinese society. Xi’s warning appears to have its limits: It has not deterred the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, from reiterating his hopes that the embryonic dialogue between Beijing and the Holy See will continue to move forward. But the prospects of warmer ties between Beijing and the Vatican doesn’t play well in Hong Kong, where the city’s Catholic leadership has been a vocal supporter of the democracy movement in […]

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