VATICAN CITY, July 16 The Vatican said on
Saturday that a Chinese bishop ordained without papal approval
had been excommunicated from the Catholic Church, bringing
relations between the Vatican and Beijing to a new low.
In a statement condemning Thursday's ordination of the
bishop as illegitimte, the Vatican also said Pope Benedict
"deplores" the way communist authorities are treating Chinese
Catholics who want to remain faithful to Rome instead of
switching their allegiance to the state-backed Catholic church.
(Editing by Tim Pearce)
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