Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - Pope Francis at today's general audience, September 26, said:
"Dear brothers and sisters, last Saturday, September 22, a Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and the People's Republic of China on the appointment of Bishops in China was signed in Beijing. The Agreement is the fruit of a long and thoughtful path of dialogue, aimed at fostering a more positive collaboration between the Holy See and the Chinese authorities for the good of the Catholic community in China and for harmony in the entire society.
In this spirit, I have decided to send a message of fraternal encouragement to Chinese Catholics and to the whole of the Universal Church, which will be published today. With this agreement, I hope a new phase can be opened in China, which will help in healing the wounds of the past, re-establish and maintain full communion among all Chinese Catholics and take up the proclamation of the Gospel with renewed commitment.
Dear brothers and sisters, we have an important task! We are called to accompany our brothers and sisters in China with fervent prayer and fraternal friendship. They know that they are not alone. The whole Church prays with them and for them. We ask Our Lady, the Mother of Hope and Help of Christians, to bless and guard all Catholics in China, and we invoke God’s gift of peace on the entire Chinese people". (Agenzia Fides, 26/9/2018)