Written by Emanuele Scimia, originally published by asiasentinel.com
The new course set by Pope Francis with the reshuffle going on in key Vatican ranks could open a window of opportunity for a future rapprochement between the Holy See and China.
For instance, while it has perhaps gone unheeded in Beijing, the appointment of Archbishop Pietro Parolin as Vatican Secretary of State in place of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, whose tenure in office was plagued by a spate of scandals, seems to fit in a wider effort by the Catholic Church to mend fences with the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
Parolin took over the key post on Oct.15. He was Vatican Deputy Foreign Minister from 2002 to 2009 and in that capacity played a prominent role in fostering the Holy See’s agenda for Asia, not least initiating a dialogue with China and Vietnam on mutual diplomatic recognition and freedom of worship, read more..
Emanuele Scimia is a journalist and geopolitical analyst based in Italy.
For more about the Jesuits in China read this story published on LRB earlier this year.