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» 09/02/2013
CHINA - VATICAN
China thanks Pope for his appeal for peace in Syria
Two senior Chinese government officials speak to AsiaNews about the figure of the new pope: "He appears to be a great pastor, just like a ‘good father’ . And we hope that soon we can see some progress in relations between Beijing and the Vatican”. China "needs the Catholic Church , which brings peace and harmony rather than division." Positive opinion on the new Secretary of State.

Beijing ( AsiaNews) - The appeal of Pope Francis for peace in Syria "is wise and true, and we Chinese are with him . We do not want to see conflicts in the Middle East any longer, we are opposed to any attack by the United States against the government Damascus. As the pontiff said War begets war, violence begets violence.' Pope Francis, thank you for these words".  These are the thoughts of two senior Chinese government officials, who want to remain anonymous who have spoken to AsiaNews about Francis' appeal at yesterday's Angelus and more generally the figure of the new Pope.

The two officials deal with relations between cultures and religions in China: " The Chinese government - they explain - is not familiar with the new pope but appreciates many things about him, from his simplicity to the speeches he has made ​​to the Christian world . You could even make compare Francis and the new Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has brought some good changes to the country. Even Xi is simple and friendly, he wants the common good of his people, just like the Pope".

The Chinese people "have seen Francis on television and internet. Its clear to everyone that he is a really great pontiff, a ' good father ', although we are still trying to get to know him better. It is our heartfelt hope that with him there might be an improvement in relations between China and the universal Church that Beijing and the Vatican can draw closer in the future. We love this Pope, even if until now has not spoken openly of the Chinese situation".

On the other hand, they continue, "after the great economic and social development our country needs to improve relations with other religions, especially the Catholic Church. With the Muslims of Xinjiang and with the Buddhists of Tibet our relationships have been complicated by politics, we are afraid that they want to divide the country. Instead we know that the Church does not seek does not bring division and war but peace and serenity. "

Regarding the new Vatican Secretary of State , Msgr. Pietro Parolin , they say: "We do not know him well yet, but we know that he spent a lot of time promoting ties between the Vatican and Vietnam. And not long after his involvement the two countries established diplomatic relations. We do not believe that Beijing will follow in the footsteps of Hanoi on this issue, but of course there is the will to move ahead".

 

 


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See also
09/01/2013 VATICAN - SYRIA
Pope: a day of prayer for peace in Syria and in the world
09/18/2013 VATICAN
Pope: Syrian "tragedy" "can only be resolved through dialogue and negotiation".
06/02/2013 VATICAN
Pope appeals for kidnapped in the Syrian conflict. Corpus Christi, faith in Providence, sharing the little we have
02/12/2012 VATICAN - SYRIA
Pope appeals to Damascus and all to "end violence" and "favour the path of dialogue"
09/02/2013 INDIA - VATICAN
Card. Gracias: Millions of Indian children in prayer with the Pope for Syria
by Card. Oswald Gracias

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CHINA - VATICAN
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Card Zen: Religious freedom and civil liberties are united, for China and Hong Kong
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