Monday, June 19, 2006

INTERVIEW - Vatican envoys in Beijing for secret talks - cardinal

The Star Online
World Updates
June 19, 2006

By Matthew Jones

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Vatican officials have visited Beijing for closed-door talks on normalising ties despite strains over the installation of two bishops in China without Rome's approval, the church's top clergyman in Hong Kong said on Monday.

"The talks are about ... the whole relationship between the Holy See and Chinese government, about the millions of faithful, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said.

"It's a big issue and should not be so narrowly connected to the few persecuted priests," Zen told Reuters in an interview.


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