The Vatican has accused Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of seeking to exploit the Pope in order to benefit the re-election of Donald Trump.
The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, spoke at a conference on religious freedom on Wednesday organised by the US embassy to the Holy See during his visit to Italy.
When the Italian news agency Ansa asked Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican’s secretary for relations with states, if the US unilaterally organising the event amounted to exploitation of the pope in the run-up to the elections, he replied: “Yes, that is precisely why the pope will not meet American secretary of state Mike Pompeo.”
Pope Francis reportedly declined to meet Pompeo during his visit this week, citing the closeness of the US election.
The Vatican said it had denied a request from Mike Pompeo for an audience with Pope Francis, and accused the Secretary of State of trying to drag the Catholic Church into the U.S. presidential election by denouncing its relations with China https://t.co/nEokQGOBAE pic.twitter.com/liZG5nwSyZ
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