"The Secretary and the Prime Minister also reaffirmed our shared commitment to the Transatlantic partnership, peaceful resolution of the conflict in Libya through the United Nations process, and countering the influence of malign actors in Europe", the spokesperson added.
The Vatican said on Wednesday it had denied a request from Mike Pompeo for an audience with Pope Francis, and accused the Secretary of State of trying to drag the Catholic Church into the US presidential election by denouncing its relations with China.
Pompeo is a vociferous critic of China on issues from security to human rights to the Covid-19 pandemic, which President Donald Trump's administration has sought to blame squarely on Beijing ahead of the November 3 elections. Pope Francis He also recognized eight bishops who had been appointed by Beijing without his consent. But many believe that concession was made at the expense of Chinese Catholics who have long worshiped in the shadows. The Vatican signed an agreement with Beijing two years ago to obtain the right to appoint Catholic bishops in China.
It also allowed Mike Pompeo to explain why he so strongly opposes an agreement between the Vatican and China.
The group's 22 branches organize and meet outside the purview of the Roman Catholic Church and include people from several Christian denominations, although the majority of its roughly 1,800 adult members remain Catholic. Pompeo reiterated his point of view in a tweet on September 19th.
Officials in the Holy See say the agreement is not ideal but call it a step forward, after decades during which Chinese Catholics who recognise the pope were driven underground. Yet the CCP's abuse of the faithful has only gotten worse. Pompeo will also attend a foreign ministerial meeting of the "Quad".
"Normally when you're preparing these visits between high-level officials, you negotiate the agenda for what you are going to talk about privately, confidentially", Gallagher told Reuters.
"Surely one of them is to be a church permanently in defense of basic human rights", Pompeo said. His article greatly irritated the Vatican, which saw it as interference in the church's internal affairs for the sake of scoring domestic political points.
"I am speechless that a country the size of the United States attacks another country through the demolition, via groundless accusations, of a company of that country", he said. Instead, Gallagher focused on more ideological threats to religious liberty, citing the imposition of gender ideology in the West and other types of "politically correct" legislation that he said were threats to the conscience of religious believers.
Outside observers said it was unclear how the deal preserves the Catholic Church's authority to name its own bishops inside China, where the communist government closely monitors faith communities.
Yet another, more subtle form of persecution comes from "the intolerant voices of the politically correct that silence and condemn those religious beliefs, traditions and practices that clash with their progressive ideology, labeling them as "hateful" and 'intolerant, '" the cardinal said.
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