The Holy See and communist China are preparing to renew a historic agreement signed two years ago, which gives the pope the last word in the appointment of Chinese bishops, arousing the ire of the American government.
In the United States, President Donald Trump uses religious repression in China as an argument for the presidential campaign.
His secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, went on the frontal assault on the Vatican by publishing a tweet and column at the end of the week denouncing the “horrible” persecutions of believers of all religions in China that “revolt” many countries.
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