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Cardinal Pietro Parolin, seems to want closer relations with China (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

If the Vatican is to initiate closer relations with mainland China, in what way would this benefit country’s Catholic Church?

Worshippers at a Catholic church in Taiyuan, China (CNS)

Bishop Zhang Huaixin, who spent years in labour camps, was admired as a role model for Chinese Catholics

Choristors sing at a Mass in Shenyang, China (Photo: CNS)

Ordination Mass drew 1,400 people, with an extra 500 turned away by authorities

Faithful pray at a Mass in Xiliulin, China (Photo: CNS)

China proposal to the Holy See offers hopes of breakthrough

Vatican spokesman says that such an ordination would damage relations between the Holy See and China