Pope Francis has faced criticism from within the Catholic Church for sharing authority with a communist state under the agreement. Photo: AFP
Pope Francis has faced criticism from within the Catholic Church for sharing authority with a communist state under the agreement. Photo: AFP

China, Vatican expected to renew bishops deal despite pressure from US, observers say

  • Vatican officials have said Holy See is willing to extend agreement, but Beijing says only that the two sides are in ‘close contact’
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on Pope Francis to back the faithful in China and speak out on human rights violations and persecution

Pope Francis has faced criticism from within the Catholic Church for sharing authority with a communist state under the agreement. Photo: AFP
Pope Francis has faced criticism from within the Catholic Church for sharing authority with a communist state under the agreement. Photo: AFP
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