Pope urges Catholics in China to unify under him

Pope Benedict XVI invited all Roman Catholics in China to unite under his jurisdiction Saturday and urged Beijing to restore diplomatic ties and permit religious freedom. He called the state-run Catholic Church "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine but nevertheless made unprecedented overtures toward it. In an eagerly awaited letter to the faithful in China taking up a priority of his papacy, Benedict insisted on his right to appoint bishops, but said he trusted that an agreement could be reached with the Beijing authorities on nominations.