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Pope Francis cries welcoming bishops from Mainland China

The pope was moved to tears announcing that two Bishops from Mainland China are participating in the Synod on youth and vocation.

“Today, for the first time, we have also with us two bishops from Mainland China. We offer them our warm welcome: the communion of the entire Episcopate, with the Successor of Peter, is yet more visible thanks to their presence.”

On September 22, the Holy See and China signed an interim agreement to appoint new bishops. It gives the pope the right to veto candidates proposed by China, although it is the Chinese government who can now propose the candidates.