Asia-Pacific

Aug 12, 2014

Pope Francis must tread carefully in China, as Asia beckons

Pope Francis has been busy since his papacy kicked off early last year, fixing core business and now focussing on a growth strategy through Asia, writes freelance journalist Michael Sainsbury.

Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in Asia and <em>Little Red Blog</em> Editor

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

Pope Francis will arrive in South Korea for Asian Youth Day this Thursday. It will be the first trip to Asia for the Argentine pontiff, but he already has two more visits in his diary for next year — to the Philippines, the region’s most Catholic nation, as well as to Sri Lanka. Trips to Japan — where the Pope had wanted to go as a missionary in his youth but was knocked back for health reasons — and China, the biggest opportunity for the church in the region, are on the drawing board.

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  1. Kim F

    The Vatican is nothing if not a strategist and tactician, and will of course be looking for greenfield sites which its cosseted officers the errant priests haven’t already soiled. But he had indeed better be careful. The efforts of his predecessor but one in bringing down the communist system will not have gone unnoticed in China, or indeed in any Asian country that guards its sovereignty.

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