China ordains new Vatican-approved Catholic bishop

China has ordained a new Catholic bishop approved by the Vatican for the first time since ties between the sides soured last year, according to church figures with knowledge of the events.

Paul Liang Jiansen was made bishop of the southern city of Jiangmen on March 30, people with ties to the church in Hong Kong and mainland China said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be quoted by media. They said Vatican officials had assented to the ordination before it took place.

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