NEWS STORY: Ignoring Chinese challenge, pope ordains bishops for the universal church

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c. 2000 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY Ignoring a challenge from China’s government-controlled “patriotic” church, Pope John Paul II consecrated 12 new bishops Thursday (Jan. 6) that he said represented “the universality” of the Roman Catholic Church. The pope elevated the prelates, one of them an American, at a solemn Epiphany mass in St. Peter’s […]

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