83-year-old pontiff: Pope Francis 'constantly monitored' for virus: Vatican

  • 83-year-old pontiff: Pope Francis 'constantly monitored' for virus: Vatican

83-year-old pontiff: Pope Francis 'constantly monitored' for virus: Vatican

Taiwan's foreign ministry said Tuesday that it had received assurances from the Vatican regarding the renewal of the Vatican-China deal.

Following the Vatican-China agreement in 2018, state officials in different regions of China have continued to remove crosses and demolish church buildings, and underground Catholics and clergy continue to report harassment and detention. Taiwan has formal ties with only 15 countries, largely due to Chinese pressure.

The government was playing close attention to the Vatican's interactions with China and was in close touch it, ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) said, adding that Taiwan and the Vatican had "smooth" communications.

"Our intention is that it will be prolonged, that it will continue to be adopted "ad experimentum, '" or on a trial basis, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, according to SIR, the news agency of the Italian bishops" conference.

Pope Francis is being "constantly monitored" for indications of the coronavirus, a leading Vatican authorities stated Monday, after the 83- years of age pontiff consulted with a cardinal who later on evaluated favorable.

"With the concerted efforts from both sides, the interim agreement on the appointment of bishops between China and the Vatican have been implemented successfully since it was signed around two years ago".

According to a report September 11 by Asia News, Zhao Lijian, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, told journalists during a press briefing that the Vatican and China "will continue to maintain communication and consultation and improve bilateral relations".

"Taiwan should not be offended if the embassy in Taipei is moved back to its original address in Beijing", the Vatican source was quoted saying.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the state-affiliated Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Zhejiang Province's Chinese Catholic educational administration committee issued new regulations on the reopening of churches requiring Chinese "patriotism" to be added to the celebration of the liturgy.

"In reality, the Sino-Vatican agreement has not had an actual impact on Taiwan's relationship with the Vatican", Archbishop Chung told the South China Morning Post.

"This is such an awkward period".

"There are some gesture changes but in reality nothing has improved. We have religious freedom in Taiwan but we will be praying for those who can't express their faith to have the strength to carry on".