US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio in Rome on Wednesday (30 September). “We are counting on the influence the US has on Libya and other international actors to avoid sabotages”, Di Maio said.
Pompeo will not be meeting Pope Francis, as confirmed by Catholic bishop and current Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See’s Secretariat of State, Paul Gallagher.
Even so, the US secretary of state asked the Pope to “show courage” in fighting religious persecution, particularly in China.
“China is the place in the world where freedom of religion is most under attack”, said Pompeo, saying it is “because the Chinese Communist party considers itself to be the highest moral authority. It works night and day to suffocate freedom.”
“We expected this kind of words”, said cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State. “We will meet with the US Secretary of State, but he will not meet the Pope as it is deemed inappropriate to meet political personalities during an election campaign”, Parolin added.
(Alessandro Follis | EURACTIV.it)