Pope Francis arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Negotiations to broker a framework accord between China and the Vatican on the appointment of bishops are making quick progress towards a deal, a Chinese official said Friday, in what would be a historic breakthrough in relations.China has said it is sincere in its efforts to improve relations with the Vatican.Last December, a Vatican delegation went to China to discuss the status of two Vatican-recognized bishops, including the possibility of allowing one prelate to retire and be succeeded by a state-backed bishop.The Vatican has said that the Church is unified in its approach to China.
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