Rome Newsroom, Sep 15, 2020 / 08:00 am (CNA).- Taiwan’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that it had received assurances from the Vatican regarding the renewal of the Vatican-China deal.

Amid concern over what a Vatican decision to renew its 2018 accord with Beijing would mean for the Holy See’s diplomatic relationship with Taiwan, Joanne Ou, spokesperson for Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told journalists that the Vatican had stressed that its agreement was pastoral rather than political.

“The Vatican has assured us repeatedly that the bishop appointment deal with China is a religious rather than a diplomatic matter,” Ou said at a press conference Sept. 15, according to the national news agency of Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC). 

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