If Pope Francis meets Xi Jinping, it would be the first encounter between a Chinese leader and a pope. Photo: AP

Vatican says China should not fear ‘distrust or hostility’ from Catholic Church

  • Senior sources have said Pope Francis is willing to meet Xi Jinping this week, but Chinese side has yet to formally ask for a meeting
  • It’s the president’s first trip to Italy after a historic deal was signed in September over the appointment of bishops in China
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If Pope Francis meets Xi Jinping, it would be the first encounter between a Chinese leader and a pope. Photo: AP
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