Vatican Wants Dialogue With China

March 13, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Fox News,4670,VaticanChina,00.html

The Vatican and its high-ranking clergy in China want to have a "respectful and constructive" dialogue with Beijing authorities over the role of the Catholic church there, the Vatican said Thursday.

The call came this week during a meeting of a special commission on China created by Pope Benedict XVI. Among the participants at the meeting was Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen, an outspoken champion of religious freedom who at times has drawn the ire of Beijing authorities.