Pope Francis meets a group of faithful from China at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican in April. The Vatican says it signed a “provisional agreement” with China on the appointment of bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that for decades fueled tensions between the Holy See and Beijing.

Pope Francis meets a group of faithful from China at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican in April. The Vatican says it signed a “provisional agreement” with China on the appointment of bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that for decades fueled tensions between the Holy See and Beijing.