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Pope asks Beijing to show trust and farsightedness in new relationship

Move may lead to restoration of Vatican-China diplomatic ties

Pope Francis said that while Chinese Catholics should be good citizens of their country, they should not shrink from offering "a word of criticism" when necessary to defend human dignity.   © Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) -- Pope Francis urged China's leaders on Wednesday to move ahead with "trust, courage and farsightedness" after Beijing and the Vatican struck a landmark agreement on the appointment of bishops.

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