Pope Francis gestures at the end of the general audience in St.Peter's Square at the Vatican on January 31, 2018. (AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE)
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Taiwanese lawmakers are seeking an audience with Pope Francis as concerns grow over Taipei's diplomatic relations with the Vatican, after it reportedly promoted bishops endorsed by the Chinese government.Zen, bishop emeritus of semiautonomous Hong Kong, confirmed an AsiaNews website report that a Vatican diplomat asked two underground Chinese bishops recognized by the Vatican to resign in favour of state-sanctioned prelates.Previous attempts to restore ties have floundered over Beijing's insistence that the Vatican must give up its recognition of its rival Taiwan and promise not to interfere in religious issues in China.
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