A trip to China for Pope Benedict?

Today in Adnkronos we read the following surprising report:

As Adnkronos has learned in the environs of the Vatican, the Secretariate of State is supposed to have received from the Chinese organizers of a large art exhibt "Leonardo da Vinci at Tienanmen" a message in which, in concomitance with the launch of the exhibition, a reference is made to a visit of Benedict XVI in China during autumn.

I nearly fell off my chair.

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9 Responses to A trip to China for Pope Benedict?

  1. Antonius says:

    In my humble opinion, the Holy Father should stick to his original intent and do more of governing and keep travels to an absolute minimum, no matter how good the speeches in Brazil were.

  2. Aventicus says:

    Antonius, I would say that ‘visiting and giving attention to and speaking as supreme legislator’ is indeed governing and acting in concert with the grace given him by the Holy Spirit to govern. Just my thoughts.
    Aventicus

  3. danphunter1 says:

    I am not in the least surprised that the Holy Father will go to China.
    The Church there needs him.
    God bless you.

  4. Antonius says:

    Aventicus: Sure, valid point. However, I think he has so far done a good job governing by giving attention and speaking as supreme legislator from Rome. The Church is always in need, more or less, everywhere, all the time.

  5. Ioannes says:

    I will fall off my chair if the Motu Proprio is released.

  6. I am not Spartacus says:

    Ioannes. I will smash all of my China and eat off my chair if the M.P. is released prior to the appearance of Spiderman, Transgendered which will be released once Hillary is elected.

  7. Maureen says:

    Sheesh. Y’all have no soul! Do you really think JPII shouldn’t have gone to Poland, either? Do you really think St. Peter shouldn’t have gone to Antioch, or Rome?

    It’s worth a trip. It’s worth a try.

  8. Dan says:

    I had thought that the Vatican tried negotiations to permit a Papal trip to China by Pope Benedict but that the negotiations were a failure.

    I agree that Pope Benedict should keep his travels to a minimum, if only to help preserve his health, but China is a major exception. Christianity in China is the story of the 21st century. A fully free Papal visit to China could give the Church there much needed moral support and help ignite further evangelization.

  9. okie says:

    I think Benedict’s presence in China would be related in a very profound manner to his “governance” of the Church, due to both the symbolic nature of the trip, but also the chance to work out face to face at least a path to a solution to the current state of the Church there.

    By the way, I am not Spartacus, I heard that Spiderman, Transgendered, although of incredibly questionable content, was still better than Spiderman 3.