> You know where there is a peace accord or a negotiation both sides lose something.
That means the Pontiff, not Beijing, has the final say on the choice of Catholic Bishops in China. However, in exchange the Pope recognized seven Bishops named by the state without paper papal approval.>>
This is the rule, both sides. We will move ahead.>> Returning from a trip to the Baltics, Francis said he recognizes not everyone will understand the logic behind the agreement. It's an historic breakthorugh for Beijing and the Vatican and diplomats say the accord could lead to a restart in diplomatic ties between the two sides.
Until now Chinese Catholics have been split between an underground church, swearing loyalty to the Vatican, and the state-supervised Catholic Patriotic Association. The Vatican says the absence of the deal which was ten years in the making would have lead to schism between Chinese Catholics that would have been difficult to heal.