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Historically, the Vatican has been a religious center in the world. The Vatican formally recognized the Republic of China (Taiwan) as the sole representative of China in 1951 and ceased its contact with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In 1957, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) established the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA), which does not follow Vatican’s leadership. CCPA appoints its own clergy and oversees the Catholic Church in China’s mainland. Catholic churches that still follow the direction of the Vatican were forced to go underground. In August 2015, China’s first assistant bishop, Bishop Zhang Yinlin, was consecrated and recognized by both the Vatican and CCPA. In PRC, there are the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) and the Bishops Conference of Catholic Church in China (BCCCC) and 5.5 million members in China affiliated themselves with both organizations in 2014.
The Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Parolin, is also known as the “Wang Qishan”of the Catholic Church, a term coined by Mr. Miles Guo. Cardinal Parolin brokered a provisional agreement between the Vatican with the Chinese Communist Party(CCP). Pope Francis wanted the Chinese Catholic community to submit to the leadership of CCP. Ironically, CCP has always upheld atheism and demolished Catholic churches. However, it is now cooperating with the Vatican. We could not help but wonder what exactly CCP is up to.
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