Beijing, China, Jul 25, 2018 / 12:00 am (CNA).- Continuing a controversial plan, Chinese bishops allied with the government have told dioceses to prepare local versions of a “Sinicization” program to bring the Catholic Church more in-line with the government’s understanding of Chinese culture, society and politics.

“It is to complete the Chinese-style socialist road within five years,” a source in Hibei province told UCA News. “Even if they do not get approval from the Holy See, they will still get trust from the government.”

The Sinicization program could be a factor in ongoing Chinese-Vatican relations, the source said: “China and the

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