Pope Francis (left) said working groups were now discussing relations between the Vatican and China after they were severed by communism, and that he had just received a gift from China’s President Xi Jinping (right). Photos: SCMP PicturesPope Francis (left) said working groups were now discussing relations between the Vatican and China after they were severed by communism, and that he had just received a gift from China’s President Xi Jinping (right). Photos: SCMP Pictures
Pope Francis (left) said working groups were now discussing relations between the Vatican and China after they were severed by communism, and that he had just received a gift from China’s President Xi Jinping (right). Photos: SCMP Pictures

Pope Francis hails ‘good’ relations with China after getting gift from Xi Jinping

Analysts say Sino-Vatican ties are at historic high after initial agreement on the appointment of Catholic ­bishops on mainland

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Pope Francis (left) said working groups were now discussing relations between the Vatican and China after they were severed by communism, and that he had just received a gift from China’s President Xi Jinping (right). Photos: SCMP PicturesPope Francis (left) said working groups were now discussing relations between the Vatican and China after they were severed by communism, and that he had just received a gift from China’s President Xi Jinping (right). Photos: SCMP Pictures
Pope Francis (left) said working groups were now discussing relations between the Vatican and China after they were severed by communism, and that he had just received a gift from China’s President Xi Jinping (right). Photos: SCMP Pictures
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