Pope Francis

Pope to China Catholics: Make gestures showing communion

Pope Francis urged Chinese Catholics on Wednesday to show they are in full communion with the Holy See, amid what appears to be another stall in the Vatican's longstanding attempts to reach a deal with Beijing over bishop nominations.

Francis made the comments during his general audience, noting that many Chinese Catholics will be marking a feast day dedicated to the Virgin Mary this week in Sheshan, near Shanghai.

Francis prayed that all Chinese faithful "can live their faith with generosity and serenity, and can make gestures of fraternity, harmony and reconciliation in full communion" with the pope.

China's estimated 12 million Catholics are split between...

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