The Pope’s South Korea trip comes as Christianity is booming in Asia—and under growing strain
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Beijing boasts four Catholic churches known simply by the four points on the compass. They are overseen by the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the government-mandated entity that tries to bridge the gap between a faith normally guided from the Vatican and an officially atheist Chinese Communist Party.
This is what happened when Time tried to telephone these state-affiliated churches to ask about Pope Francis’ recent trip to South Korea, the first visit to Asia by a Pontiff in 15 years. …