The Vatican is tying itself into knots in China

Pope Francis was interviewed by Reuters in July on the Vatican-China deal of 2018, which is up for the second two-year renewal in October 2022. Francis said that “the agreement is good, and I hope it can be renewed in October.” He commented that: “It is going slow, as I say, ‘the Chinese way,’ because the Chinese have that sense of time, that no one can rush them.”