Pope Benedict Tells China: Open Up to Christianity (AP via Washington Post)

Daniela Petroff writes:

China’s officially atheistic Communist Party forced Chinese Catholics to cut ties with the Vatican in 1951, and the two sides have not restored formal relations. Many of the country’s estimated 12 million Catholics worship in congregations outside the state-approved church and often are arrested or harassed.

“It is important for this great country to open itself to the Gospel,” said Benedict, who has made the improvement of relations with China a priority of his papacy.

Pope Benedict Tells China: Open Up to Christianity – washingtonpost.com

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