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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.

Vatican, China Extend Bishop Agreement Over US Opposition
October 23, 2020

Vatican, China Extend Bishop Agreement Over US Opposition

By Associated Press
The Vatican renewed a 2018 pact on selecting China-based bishops, despite rising concerns over religious freedom in China.
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.

A New Chapter in Myanmar-Vatican Relations
May 09, 2017

A New Chapter in Myanmar-Vatican Relations

By Jonathan T. Chow
The restoration of diplomatic ties comes with Pope Francis' offer to help with peacebuilding in Myanmar.

China and the Vatican: Towards a New Era?
September 22, 2016

China and the Vatican: Towards a New Era?

By Kevin Hsu
A closer look at a complex relationship amid talk of an impending rapprochement.

The Pope's Pivot to Asia
January 06, 2015

The Pope's Pivot to Asia

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Why Southeast Asia is featuring prominently in the Catholic Church’s agenda.

Pope Francis: Modest Diplomatic Gains in Asia
August 20, 2014

Pope Francis: Modest Diplomatic Gains in Asia

By Steve Finch
The diplomatic breakthroughs were small but steady during the pope's first visit to the region.
Pope Francis' China Challenge
April 07, 2014

Pope Francis' China Challenge

By Justin McDonnell
China and the Vatican don't have the best of historical relationships. Could Pope Francis change that?

New Pope Hails from Latin America, Signals a Shift
March 14, 2013

New Pope Hails from Latin America, Signals a Shift

The newly appointed Pope Francis hails from Argentina – a break with the church’s Euro-centric past.

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