Woke Pope Francis just gave a lengthy address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See in which he called out and mourned the suffering caused by conflicts around the world, seemingly covering every hot spot on a map from the Ukraine to Syria, Israel to the Congo.
As Breitbart put it, Pope Francis “lamented the consequences of Russia’s war on Ukraine, decried ongoing conflict in Syria, denounced violence between Palestinians and Israelis, bemoaned hostilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, criticized aggressions in South Caucasus, mourned suffering in Yemen and Ethiopia, censured terrorist violence in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Nigeria, sympathized with ongoing struggles in Myanmar, and prayed for concord on the Korean Peninsula.”
But, upon closer inspection, there’s one set of conflicts that Pope Francis did leave out: China’s campaign of genocide against the Uighur people in Western China and the preparations for its potentially soon-to-happen invasion of the Republic of China, Taiwan.
In fact, the only time Francis even mentioned Red China was when he spoke about it in positive terms during a section of the speech covering diplomacy, in which he said he hopes for an even more “collaborative relationship” with the communist regime. In his words:
Your presence is a sign of the importance of the peace and human fraternity that dialogue helps to build. The task of diplomacy is precisely to resolve conflicts and thus to foster a climate of reciprocal cooperation and trust for the sake of meeting common needs. It can be said that diplomacy is an exercise of humility, since it demands that we sacrifice something of our self-regard in order to build a relationship with others, to understand their thinking and points of view, and thus to oppose the human pride and arrogance that are the cause of every will to wage war.
I am grateful for the consideration shown by your countries to the Holy See, marked in this past year not least by the decisions of Switzerland, the Republic of the Congo, Mozambique and Azerbaijan to appoint resident ambassadors in Rome, as well as by the signing of new bilateral accords with the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe and with the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Here I would also mention that, in the context of a respectful and constructive dialogue, the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China have agreed to extend for another two-year period the validity of the Provisional Agreement regarding the appointment of Bishops, stipulated in Peking in 2018. It is my hope that this collaborative relationship can increase, for the benefit of the life of the Catholic Church and that of the Chinese people.
Other than that, China was completely left out of the speech. He covered all manner of conflicts large and small, recent and ongoing, in Europe or far abroad. But, whether out of fear of retaliation, in hope of furthering that “collaborative relationship,” or some combination thereof, he left out China’s genocidal campaign.