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
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

Topic |   China-Vatican relations
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
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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