Vatican excommunicates China bishop, slams Beijing

July 16, 2011 14:39

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican said on Saturday that a Chinese bishop ordained without papal approval had been excommunicated from the Catholic Church, bringing relations between the Vatican and Beijing to a new low.

In a statement condemning Thursday's ordination of the bishop as illegitimate, the Vatican also said Pope Benedict "deplores" the way communist authorities are treating Chinese Catholics who want to remain faithful to Rome instead of switching their allegiance to the state-backed Catholic church.

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