Fang Xingyao (left) and Pope Francis. Pope Francis revealed that he exchanged congratulatory messages with President Xi Jinping following each other's appointment last year. This was seen as a sign of warming ties.

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Fang Xingyao (left) and Pope Francis. Pope Francis revealed that he exchanged congratulatory messages with President Xi Jinping following each other's appointment last year. This was seen as a sign of warming ties.
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