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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’

‘When both parties take a further step, we will find ourselves getting closer and closer to each other, and becoming friends on the path to the truth’

‘I have never seen a more serious attempt to enter into a dialogue and to continue the dialogue’

China’s participation in the Vatican organ trafficking conference is the latest sign of rapprochement between the two powers