Vatican deal with China could worsen persecution, Christians warn Pope Francis

March 16, 2017

By Lorraine Caballero | Christian Daily

Christian persecution in China could worsen if the communist nation strikes a deal with the Vatican on ordaining Chinese bishops, some Christian watchdog groups have warned Pope Francis.

The Communist Party has refused to recognize the authority of the pope in the last few decades, and the Chinese Catholic Church has been appointing its own clergy. However, CNN published a report indicating that the decades of cold ties between China and the Vatican could be coming to an end.

In an interview with The Christian Post earlier this week, China Aid president Bob Fu said the Vatican’s support for China in ordaining its own bishops could further embolden the communist government to make the lives of “house church” believers much worse. The warning comes amid news of improving ties between the Chinese government and the Vatican.