On Tuesday, a state-run newspaper from China said that sooner or later China and Vatican will establish a diplomatic tie. It said that Pope Francis possesses the knowledge and wisdom to eradicate the problems and distances between the two sides.
A blueprint for the accord between the two for the appointment of bishops is prepared and could be signed in few days or in few months. A Vatican source said that this accord is going to be historic with regards to their relations.
However, China did not say many about the accord and new relationship.
Currently, both do not have any formal diplomatic ties, as the Holy See recognizes Taiwan. Recently Beijing and the Vatican found that human creative skill and imagination like painting or sculpture or the art itself can be a new door to shake with each other.
At the press meet, Vatican had indicated the first-ever exchange of artworks in both countries.
The exchange of artworks includes 40 collections of Chinese bronzes, ceramics, cloisonne, and paintings from the Vatican and 40 works from China will be exhibited in the Forbidden City and the Vatican’s Anima Mundi ethnological museum in the month of March.
The Global Times said that this going to be “tremendously beneficial to Catholics.”
In an editorial, the Global Times said, “Despite the difficult process, China’s vast numbers of non-Catholics have never been strongly against the Vatican. The Chinese public generally respects each Pope.”
It said, “Beijing and the Vatican will establish diplomatic relations sooner or later … Pope Francis has a positive image with the Chinese public. It is expected he will push China-Vatican ties forward and solve related problems with his wisdom.”
According to Chinese experts, it would “open a new era in people-to-people exchanges between China and the Vatican.”
The Director of the Vatican museums Barbara Jatta remarked:
“Beauty … is the key to what the Vatican museums calls ‘the diplomacy of art’, which is certainly not our discovery … but which today is up to us to carry forward and creatively reinterpret in a constant confrontation with the global scene that is in front of us.”
Pope Francis said, “We must proceed step by step gently, slowly, with patience. The doors to the heart are open, and I believe that a trip to China will be good thing for everyone. I would like to do it.”
Pope Francis told to the reporters that he also wants to visit China and it is not a secret.
He also said that both the states are having talks over political affairs.
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