Pope Francis said on Tuesday he loved China and would like to go to Beijing. Photo: Reuters

China open to closer relationship with Vatican, Beijing says after Pope Francis’ words of peace

  • ‘We appreciate the goodwill and friendship expressed by the Pope,’ foreign ministry says
  • ‘China is sincere and active in promoting Sino-Vatican relations [and] welcomes the development of relations
Topic |   China-Vatican relations

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Pope Francis said on Tuesday he loved China and would like to go to Beijing. Photo: Reuters
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Pope Francis sent goodwill messages to the leaders in Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei. Photo: Reuters

Pope Francis avoids offence in greetings to Hong Kong, Beijing and Taipei

  • Diplomatic good wishes from above for Carrie Lam, Xi Jinping and Tsai Ing-wen as pontiff flies over on his way to Japan
  • No mention of Hong Kong unrest or other contentious issues in papal telegrams
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Pope Francis sent goodwill messages to the leaders in Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei. Photo: Reuters
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