General Audience, 09/20/2017, Screenshot CTV

General Audience, Screenshot Vatican Media

China: Pope Receives Priests of the “Congregatio Discipulorum Domini”

Marks First Chinese Clerical Religious Institute

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Before the General Audience yesterday, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Pope Francis met with priests of the ‘Congregatio Discipulorum Domini’ (Congregation of the Lord’s Disciples) from China, reported the Holy See Press Office.
The Clerical Religious Institute was founded in January of 1927 at Xuanhua, in today’s province of Hebei, by the then Cardinal Celso Costantini (1876-1958), when he was still Apostolic Delegate in China (1922-1933).
A native of Zoppola, in the province of Pordenone, the Cardinal subsequently became Secretary of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.
For three years, discreet negotiations between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China have been underway. At the beginning of the summer, a delegation from Beijing came to Rome in view of finalizing an eventual agreement between the Catholic Church and the Communist Government, revealed “Eglises d’Asie” agency.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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