Retired Hong Kong cardinal Joseph Zen: ‘Am I the major obstacle in the process of reaching a deal between the Vatican and China? If that is a bad deal, I would be more than happy to be the obstacle.’ File photograph: Paul Yeung/Reuters

China’s most outspoken cleric, the retired Hong Kong cardinal Joseph Zen, has accused the Vatican of “selling out” the Catholic Church in China after (...)

Believers take part in a weekend Mass at an underground Catholic church in Tianjin, China:  these churches are considered illegal by Chinese government. Photograph:  Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Negotiators for the Vatican and Beijing have reached a compromise on selecting Catholic bishops in China, according to media reports, a crucial step o(...)