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First Vatican delegation visit to China in 5 years

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Vatican City, October 19 - A delegation from the
Holy See has made an official visit to Beijing for the first
time in five years in what was described Monday as a
"spectacular gesture" by Vatican diplomats, Ucanews reported.
No details of who took part in the visit or its results
were disclosed but the visit was reported by Ucanews and hailed
by historian Agostino Giovagnoli.
"Pope France's gaze is embracing ever wider horizons, from
the United States to China, showing a Church that does not want
to forget anyone and is interested in all situations, even those
most far off and difficult," Avvenire newspaper quoted
Giovagnoli as saying.
Only a few days ago Vatican Secretary of State Pietro
Parolin, speaking about the pope's repeated request to visit
China, said "the situation (in Sino-Vatican relations) is not
yet ripe, but one is working slowly and discretely for an
understanding".
Parolin added that "at the moment it is impossible to make
predictions".
Giovagnoli noted that there has been considerable tension
between the Holy See and China since the last visit five years
ago including illegitimate ordinations of priests and preventing
the bishop of Shanghai, Ma Daqin, from taking up his duties.
"Restarting dialogue was far from certain but the Pope
Francis effect was felt in China from his election".

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