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A former ambassador provides some advice for Vatican officials negotiating with China

The ban comes as China and the Vatican try to negotiate a deal over the appointment of bishops

The Vatican official criticised the ‘myopia’ of those making ‘continued attacks’ on Vatican rapprochement with China

A Chinese paper said a deal could be signed this Easter

Communist bosses have been emboldened by Cardinal Parolin’s stance

He was detained after refusing to concelebrate with an excommunicated bishop

A deal with China may involve cutting ties with a state Beijing sees as a rebel province

Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin had reportedly refused to concelebrate Mass with an excommunicated government-backed bishop

The move has been described as ‘a major step backward in religious work’