Top political adviser Wang Yang (centre) meets the new leaders of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua
Top political adviser Wang Yang (centre) meets the new leaders of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing tells new Catholic leaders to ‘fend off infiltration by foreign forces’

  • Top political adviser Wang Yang met the newly elected leaders of two state-sponsored church bodies in China
  • He urged them to deepen ‘Sinicisation’ by fostering politically reliable clergy so control remains in the hands of patriots

Top political adviser Wang Yang (centre) meets the new leaders of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua
Top political adviser Wang Yang (centre) meets the new leaders of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua
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