Vatican City, Sep 29, 2020 / 09:00 am
A Vatican official hailed the "positive" results of the Holy See's provisional agreement with China Tuesday amid reports that a Holy See delegation is heading to Beijing to extend the deal.
In an article published on the front page of the Sept. 30 edition of L'Osservatore Romano, Andrea Tornielli said that the initial two-year pact had led to new episcopal appointments approved by Rome, some of which were also officially recognized by the Chinese government.
"Even though contact was blocked in recent months due to the pandemic, the results have been positive, although limited, and suggest going forward with the application of the agreement for another determined period of time," the editorial director of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication wrote in the article, which was posted on the Vatican News website Sept. 29.
A report published the same day by the Italian newspaper La Stampa said that a Holy See delegation would depart for Beijing "in the next few days" with the aim of renewing the deal.