Cardinal Parolin & US Secretary of State Pompeo Meet & Discuss China & Conflict Zones

At ‘Cordial, Relaxed, Respectful’ Encounter, Were Archbishop Gallagher, US Ambassador to the Holy See, and US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

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US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, privately met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, this morning in the Vatican.

Answering questions from journalists, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, issued a brief statement regarding the Oct. 1 encounter, noting that Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, was also present.

“The parties,” the Vatican statement noted, “presented their respective positions regarding relations with the People’s Republic of China, in a relaxed and cordial atmosphere of respect.”

Noting they also discussed “some areas of conflict and crisis, particularly the Caucasus, the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean,” the Director’s statement concluded, noting the meeting lasted about 45 minutes.

Also present at the meeting were US Ambassasdor to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich, and US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback.

ZENIT spoke yesterday to Cardinal Parolin following the US Embassy to the Holy See’s event to advance and promote religious freedom through diplomacy, where he, Archbishop Gallagher, Secretary Pompeo, and Ambassador Gingrich spoke.

Tomorrow, ZENIT will publish another feature on yesterday’s event, which will include the participants’ full interventions.


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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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