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Appointment of Pope Francis raises hopes of better China ties

Pope Francis has made no comments on China. Photo: EPA

Political and religious figures expressed hope yesterday that relations between China and the Vatican would improve under the new pope. After two days of conclave, Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was appointed on Wednesday night to lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

Friday, 15 March, 2013, 4:16pm

Hong Kong Roman Catholic diocese welcomes new pope

Hong Kong Vicar General Reverend Michael Yeung Ming-cheung. Photo: Edward Wong

Hong Kong’s Roman Catholic diocese welcomed the naming of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis, with its officials hoping he could lead millions of followers through “uneasy times”.

“We hope all Catholic followers will pray for him,” Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong Vicar General Reverend Michael Yeung said on Thursday at a press conference to discuss the appointment of Bergoglio.

14 Mar 2013 - 9:45pm

China hopes new pope will be 'practical and flexible'

Newly elected Pope Francis leaves the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

China said on Thursday it hoped newly elected Pope Francis would take a “practical and flexible” attitude. “We hope that under the leadership of the new pope the Vatican will adopt a practical and flexible attitude and create conditions for the improvement of China-Vatican relations,” said foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

14 Mar 2013 - 11:53pm 4 comments