Pope Francis recently accepted an exclusive interview with Reuters. When talking about the Vatican's relationship with China, he admitted that the "Vatican-China Agreement" was not ideal, but he still hoped to renew the agreement. In the interview, the Pope defended the controversial agreement, saying diplomacy is about finding "the possible way, not the ideal way" and that the slow process of appointing Chinese bishops is due to the "Chinese model".
The Provisional Agreement on Appointment of Bishops between the Vatican and China (referred to as the Vatican-China Agreement) was industry email list signed in September 2018. The details of the agreement have never been announced to the public. The outside world only knows that this provisional agreement is updated every two years. The secret agreement has been controversial since it was signed. Through the agreement, both parties recognized the Pope as the supreme leader of the Catholic Church.
The agreement is said to be aimed at promoting cooperation between the Vatican and China on the appointment of bishops, giving the pope the final say and easing a long-standing division among Chinese Catholics. Chinese Catholics have long been divided into an underground church loyal to the Pope and an official church supported by the state. "The agreement is going well and I hope to be able to renew