Pope Francis Scraps Comments on Hong Kong in Sunday Address

Cdl. Zen: Pope 'Shutting Down' Work of Predecessors in China

Famous secret agreement signed between Beijing and the Holy See. Pope Francis decided at the last minute to pull a section of his weekly Angelus address dealing with Hong Kong freedoms Sunday.

As Vatican observers have noted, the pope has avoided criticizing China over its human rights abuses, preferring to lavish praise on the Communist dictatorship and its leaders. MORE