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By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant, September 5, 2023

Francis’ latest baffling remarks

Cdl. Pietro Parolin

VATICAN CITY ( – Pope Francis wrapped up his historic trip to Mongolia by attempting to redefine the Church’s mission. On the plane trip back to Vatican City, he further offered some thoughts on China-Vatican relations, which are difficult to reconcile with the lived experiences of Chinese Catholics.

In a prepared talk on Monday, the pontiff stated, “Another myth needing to be dispelled is that the Catholic Church, distinguished throughout the world for its great commitment to works of social promotion, does all this to proselytize, as if caring for others were a way of enticing people to ‘join up.'”

After Mass on Sunday, the pope asserted, “These two brother bishops — the emeritus of Hong Kong [Cdl. John Tong Hon] and the current bishop of Hong Kong [Bp. Stephen Chow]. I would like to take advantage of their presence to send a warm greeting to the noble Chinese people.” …

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