Updated: 08/19/2014 02:20 | By Agence France-Presse

Pope says he wants to visit China, calls for church freedom

Pope Francis on Monday expressed his desire to travel to China, "even tomorrow", but urged that the Catholic Church there be allowed to do its "job".


Pope says he wants to visit China, calls for church freedom

Pope Francis leaves the St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome on August 18, 2014 - by Alberto Pizzoli

"You ask me if I want to go to China? Certainly, even tomorrow," he told reporters on board the papal plane returning from South Korea. "But the church asks for the freedom to do its job in China, there is no other condition," he said. 

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