China says it has made real efforts towards establishing Vatican relations

A Chinese Catholic prays on Easter Sunday at the state-sanctioned Saint Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai.
A Chinese Catholic prays on Easter Sunday at the state-sanctioned Saint Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai.PHOTO: REUTERS
China says it's made an active effort to deepen its ties with the Vatican amid plans to re-negotiate control over the appointment of local bishops.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has made real efforts towards establishing relations with the Vatican, a Chinese religious affairs official said on Tuesday (April 3).

Chen Zongrong, who was vice-administrator of the State Administration for Religious Affairs until the government combined it with another agency in a recent restructuring, made the comment at a news briefing.

Xiao Hong, a former spokesman of the agency, said China was actively pursuing talks with the Vatican.