Pope Francis has cancelled a planned meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: AFP Pope Francis has cancelled a planned meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: AFP
Pope Francis has cancelled a planned meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: AFP

Pope cancels Pompeo meeting as China bishops deal up for renewal

  • Vatican tells the US that meeting before November presidential election might be seen as sign of support for Donald Trump, Italian newspaper reports
  • But US secretary of state’s call for a tougher line on the Holy See’s agreement with Beijing might also be a factor, observer says

Topic |   China-Vatican relations
Pope Francis has cancelled a planned meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: AFP Pope Francis has cancelled a planned meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: AFP
Pope Francis has cancelled a planned meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: AFP
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