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The Vatican’s Diplomacy in Central Asia
October 03, 2022

The Vatican’s Diplomacy in Central Asia

By Michel Chambon
Pope Francis’ recent trip to Central Asia cemented the importance of Asian countries in the Vatican’s global strategy – and the pope’s willingness to engage with political issues.

Russia’s War in Ukraine the Backdrop to Pope’s Kazakh Visit 
September 13, 2022

Russia’s War in Ukraine the Backdrop to Pope’s Kazakh Visit 

By Nicole Winfield and Kostya Manenkov
The most noteworthy aspects of Pope Francis' visit to Kazakhstan might be the missed opportunities.
China-Vatican Relations in the Xi Era
May 07, 2022

China-Vatican Relations in the Xi Era

By Wang Linbin
Nearly four years after reaching a provisional arrangement, are the two sides moving closer to a formal agreement on bishop appointments?

Pope Francis Preaches Anti-Nuke Message in First Japan Visit in 38 Years
December 03, 2019

Pope Francis Preaches Anti-Nuke Message in First Japan Visit in 38 Years

By Thisanka Siripala
Pope Francis brought recognition to Japan’s “hidden” Christians while bearing pro-refugee and anti-nuclear messages of peace.

Nagasaki, the Center of Catholicism in Japan, Prepares to Welcome Pope Francis
November 20, 2019

Nagasaki, the Center of Catholicism in Japan, Prepares to Welcome Pope Francis

By Associated Press
From ‘Hidden Christians’ to the 1945 atomic bombing, Nagasaki’s Catholic community has a long and often tragic history.

Vatican Renews Overtures to China Ahead of Xi’s Italy Visit
March 21, 2019

Vatican Renews Overtures to China Ahead of Xi’s Italy Visit

By Nicole Winfield
After a breakthrough in China-Vatican relations, speculation is mounting that Xi will meet Pope Francis this week.

South Korea Says Kim Jong Un Wants to Have Pope Francis Visit North Korea
October 09, 2018

South Korea Says Kim Jong Un Wants to Have Pope Francis Visit North Korea

By Ankit Panda
This wouldn't be the first time a Pope has been invited to North Korea.
Beijing: ‘China and Vatican Have Been in Effective Contacts’
June 22, 2018

Beijing: ‘China and Vatican Have Been in Effective Contacts’

By Charlotte Gao
Pope Francis expresses high optimism for improving bilateral ties in an interview.

Is Taiwan About to Lose Another Diplomatic Ally?
February 01, 2018

Is Taiwan About to Lose Another Diplomatic Ally?

By Shannon Tiezzi
What to make of recent reports that the Vatican has made a breakthrough in relations with Beijing?

Pope Francis Wades Into the Rohingya Crisis
December 07, 2017

Pope Francis Wades Into the Rohingya Crisis

By Luke Hunt
The Pope treads carefully to avoid a diplomatic incident, even while focusing world attention on the Rohingya crisis.

The Complicated China-Vatican Relationship Moves Forward
December 05, 2017

The Complicated China-Vatican Relationship Moves Forward

By Charlotte Gao
Both sides express willingness to improve bilateral relations despite sporadic unfriendly gestures.
Does the New Myanmar-Bangladesh Rohingya Deal Really Matter?
November 28, 2017

Does the New Myanmar-Bangladesh Rohingya Deal Really Matter?

By Luke Hunt
A closer look suggests that there is no shortage of reasons to be skeptical.

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