Relations with China a never-ending Vatican story

August 15, 2014 7:53 AM

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SEOUL — There are a handful of never-ending stories on the Vatican beat, dramas that flare up and recede without reaching resolution. Reconciliation between the Vatican and the traditionalist Lefebvrist movement that broke away 25 years ago falls into the category, as well as ecumenical dialogue with the Russian Orthodox.

Pride of place goes to relations with China, with the latest edition of the one step forward, one step back dance between Rome and Beijing playing out while Pope Francis is close by this week, in South Korea.

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