China says religion must have no foreign influence; pope urges Chinese Catholics to heed Rome

Via Winnipeg Free Press (AP):

China’s president warned in a key policy speech that religions must be independent from foreign influence, as the government asks domestic religious groups to pledge loyalty to the state.

Hours later, Pope Francis urged Catholics in China to be “united to the rock” of the church in Rome, although it was unclear whether his comments were linked to the speech earlier Wednesday by Chinese President Xi Jinping.