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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

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.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done commentary for various media, including television and Vatican Radio. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with Salt & Light, EWTN, and NBC Universal. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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