Q&A: Pope, Chinese leader Xi to cross paths in Kazakhstan

FILE - Church members put up a banner reading "Safeguard the dignity of belief, oppose the forcible removal of crosses" at the entrance of the Jingda Catholic Church in Jingda Village in Yongjia County in eastern China's Zhejiang Province on July 30, 2015. Chinese President Xi Jinping's first trip overseas since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic will overlap with a visit by Pope Francis to Kazakhstan, although the Vatican says there are no plans for them to meet. Under Xi, China has launched a crackdown on Christianity in recent years, part of an overall tightening on religious freedoms which has affected worshippers of Islam, Christianity, and to a lesser extent, Buddhism and Daoism. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Q&A: Pope, Chinese leader Xi to cross paths in Kazakhstan