Pope Francis names fresh bishop in Wuhan

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis appointed a Franciscan priest, the Rev. Francesco Cui Qingqi, because the fresh Catholic bishop of Wuhan, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, under a controversial energy sharing settlement governing the appointment of church leaders in China.

“That is the sixth Chinese language bishop to be appointed and ordained interior the honest framework of the provisional settlement on bishops’ appointment in China,” Vatican spokesperson Matteo Bruni suggested Vatican newshounds on Wednesday (Sept. 8).

Francis selected Cui on June 23, and he modified into ordained as bishop of Wuhan, within the Chinese language province of Hubei, on Sept. 1, per Bruni.

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The Vatican signed the provisional settlement with Beijing in 2018 after decades of diplomatic efforts to advance attend to an thought with Communist Event leaders. Till then, the Catholic hierarchy in in China modified into split between those under the supervision of the Chinese language Patriotic Catholic Association and folks who had risen from an underground church loyal to the pope in Rome.

The settlement, which modified into renewed in 2020, has drawn criticism from Catholics who receive the Vatican is bowing to Beijing and turning a blind gaze to the govts non secular freedom violations. Supporters of the deal receive that it paves the come for dialogue and diplomacy whereas making sure the survival of native Catholics.

The largely secretive settlement “does no longer address diplomatic members of the family between the Holy Perceive and China nor the honest plot of the Chinese language Catholic Church or members of the family between clergy and authorities within the country straight,” per Vatican media. It does, on the opposite hand, regulate the design of choosing bishops, with the Communist Event choosing nominees for the pope to lift from.

The Wuhan Diocese launched Cui’s episcopal ordination Sunday, because it took tell in Wuhan’s Cathedral of St. Joseph. The first two bishops to be appointed in China with out the approval of the Holy Perceive had been ordained within the similar cathedral, which had remained vacant since 1961.

Cui, 57, modified into born in Shanxi and ordained in 1991. He has occupied varied posts in dioceses in China before being selected as an episcopal candidate in September of closing year.

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