05/03/2013 VATICAN - CHINA
The new secretary general of the Party – due to be confirmed as president in the coming days- has raised many hopes, but his policies thus far are one step forward, one step back: the laojiao have not been closed down; corruption is on the rise; the much touted reforms are slow in arriving; bishops and priests remain in prison. One positive sign, the Global Times article about the pope and an interview with Fr. Lombardi. But religion is the last place in the concerns of leadership.