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Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the deal is making matters worse for China’s Catholics who suffer persecution.

By Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNews, Oct 6, 2020

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Lianne LaurenceMILAN, Italy, October 6, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican defended extending its 2018 controversial secret accord with Communist China after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that doing so will endanger the Holy See’s moral authority.

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said in a talk in Milan on Saturday, marking 150 years since the arrival of Italian Catholic missionaries in China, that the agreement is “only a starting point,” Vatican News reported.

He said it has brought results and must be extended “so it can bear more substantial fruit.”  …