20 Feb '11, 3am

Taiwan Cardinal eyes China-Vatican talks: KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan: Taiwan's Cardinal Paul Shan, who will embark on a h...

Taiwan Cardinal eyes China-Vatican talks: KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan: Taiwan's Cardinal Paul Shan, who will embark on a h...

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan: Taiwan's Cardinal Paul Shan, who will embark on a high-profile trip to China this summer, said he hopes the Vatican and Beijing can be "mature" and reconcile their bitter differences. The 89-year-old Shan, a highly revered religious leader on the island, made the remarks after he unveiled plans for the voyage, hailed as a first contact between Catholics on both sides of the Taiwan Strait in more than 60 years. "It takes time for China and the Vatican to reconcile. The government has its jurisdiction and the Church has its jurisdiction, and they should respect each other," Shan told AFP in an interview. "The two sides should be in contact and exchange (views) and let the other side know its jurisdiction so they can eventually reconcile," he said, sitting in his residence in the south Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung. The Vatican and China have not had formal d...

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