China was the subject of talks this week between Cardinal Parolin and the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has argued that the agreement has failed to protect China’s Catholics from a crackdown on religious believers under President Xi Jinping.
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Addressing the conference, the Vatican's top diplomats focused on the necessity of protecting freedom of conscience and religious voices in the public square.
Observers say the contentious deal will likely continue on a provisional basis.
In his first-ever public comments on the issue, the Vatican Secretary of State categorically stated no money was misdirected to the Vatican from a multimillion-dollar bequest that was made to the order.
The community, composed of both men and women, pray the Liturgy of the Hours and follow a rule influenced by St. Benedict and St. Basil the Great. Members include Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox Christians.
Often called “the smiling pope,” John Paul I died unexpectedly on Sept. 28, 1978 after just 33 days in office.
The cardinal said he was troubled by stories of Catholics dying alone without the consolation of the Sacraments.
The Vatican announced that it would conduct an internal review of files on McCarrick’s career in October 2018.