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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

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The cardinal said the deal would be an ‘act of suicide’

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The province of Hebei topped this list with 11,899