Mar 18, 2013 06:25 PM

Time for Sino-Vatican Rapprochement


Pope Francis, the first Roman Catholic pontiff from Latin America, emerged from the conclave to meet a jubilant crowd on St. Peter's Square. A day later, Xi Jinping, head of the Chinese Communist Party, assumed his mandate as the president of the People's Republic. The coincidence of the two leaders taking the helms raises hope for normalizing relations between the Vatican and China.

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