Pompeo Urges the Vatican to Condemn China’s Human Rights Abuses

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    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday dismissed the suggestion that his appeal to the Vatican to join the U.S. in denouncing violations of religious freedom in China might have an impact on Christian voters back in the US. “I wrote that piece to honor the moral authority of the Catholic Church and its capacity to influence and make things better for people all across the world,” he said. Pompeo made the appeal at a conference on religious freedom organized by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, with top Vatican officials in the audience. It took place at the same time the Vatican is entering into delicate negotiations with Beijing on extending their controversial agreement on nominating bishops for China. Pompeo has strongly criticized the accord, penning an essay earlier this month suggesting that the Vatican had compromised its moral authority by signing it. His article greatly irritated the Vatican, which saw it as interference in the church’s internal affairs for the sake of appealing to Pompeo’s domestic audience.

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    Mike Pompeo is an American politician, diplomat, businessman, and attorney who, since April 2018, has been serving as 70th United States secretary of state. He is a former United States Army officer and was Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 until April 2018.

    President Donald Trump nominated Pompeo as secretary of state in March 2018, with Pompeo succeeding Rex Tillerson after his dismissal. Pompeo was confirmed by the Senate on April 26, 2018, in a 57–42 vote and was sworn in the same day.

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