Saturday, June 25, 2005

China and the Vatican

Diverse newsreports indicate that a major thaw in relations between China and the Vatican is in the offing soon. The church will probably be able to appoint bishops (perhaps with some government approval) and the Vatican will cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but not pastoral ties. All this is indeed very good news and finally promises some reconciliation between two of the most formative influences in the modern world. China is very rapidly emerging as a supreme cultural, economic and global reality, with growing influence among all the other Asian peoples. I pray that this renewal will bring new life to the church in Asia and abundant blessing to China.