~from The Guardian (I'm waiting for the full text of Cardinal Bertone's statement. The original headline is a little overstated: New Beijing Bishop Praised by the Vatican)
Despite not being chosen by the pope, the new Beijing bishop is a ``very good'' candidate, the Vatican said Wednesday - further evidence of the Roman Catholic Church's efforts to reach a compromise with China over the contentious nomination of bishops.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, said the Vatican still had not received any official word from the Chinese government about the naming of Bishop Joseph Li Shan, who was selected by a group of Chinese priests, nuns and lay people earlier this week.
``Normally, they enter into contact with the Holy See ... and ask approval. We hope this occurs,'' Bertone said at a news conference in Pieve di Cadore, in northern Italy.
But he said Li was a ``very good, well-suited'' candidate for the job. ``This seems to us a positive sign,'' he said.