China's Catholic Church Defies Vatican

Host Madeleine Brand talks with NPR's Beijing Correspondent Rob Gifford about China's Catholic church defying the Vatican by ordaining five new bishops today. The ceremony caught the Vatican by surprise, especially since Pope John Paul is ordaining 12 new bishops in Rome today. This move by China underscores the communist government's rift with the pope for nearly half-century.

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