Current Episode: The Vatican-China Agreement

In 2018, the Vatican announced it had made a diplomatic agreement with the People’s Republic of China, in the hopes that it would lead to formal recognition by both parties. The intervening years have seen an intensification of the Chinese government’s policy of “Sinicization,” of forcing religious and ethnic groups to adapt their beliefs, institutions to Chinese communism. In this bonus episode, we will provide some background on relations between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China since its inception in 1945, and assess the agreement in light of that history.

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