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ICC Note: Seven Taiwanese bishops visited Rome to meet and invite the Pope to make a historic visit to Taiwan next year, a move that would irritate China. There has been speculation that China and the Vatican would soon reach a deal over bishop appointment, and the latter will break ties with democratic Taiwan to recognize Communist China. However, the Holy See recently said no deal is imminent.

05/16/2018 Taiwan (UCA News) – Seven Taiwanese bishops visiting Rome have invited Pope Francis to make an historic first visit to Taiwan next March.

Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan of Taipei, Taiwan’s capital, said he liked to “dream the impossible.”

And Archbishop Hung, at a reception on May 10 held in Taiwan’s embassy to the Holy See, reportedly made a humorous reference to predictions the embassy would have already “disappeared” by March of this year.

He referred to news reports that mainland Communist China and the Holy See would have by then agreed to establish diplomatic ties.
That came amid speculation an agreement between the Holy See and Beijing would be quickly reached on the appointment of bishops, clearing the way for the Holy See to shift recognition from Taiwan to Communist China.

However, Archbishop Hung noted that this had not eventuated as it was “discovered that the relationship between Taiwan and the Vatican is full of rumors.”

A Vatican spokesman said on the eve of Holy Thursday that no deal was imminent.

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