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Cultural Exchange with China (CEC), a Catholic group, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, as part of a growing network of UK engagement.
Vatican and Hong Kong cardinals have criticised the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association for organising the ordination of a bishop in northeastern China.
After an extended period of disagreement and diplomatic conflict, the Pope has extended an olive branch to the Catholics in China, and indirectly to the governing authorities, via a meeting and pastoral letter to follow.