Pope Francis again avoided an excellent opportunity to name the religious persecutions by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). During the Christmas blessing, the pope called attention to the suffering and injustice throughout the world and omitted any reference to those suffering under the CCP. 

In one of the most important Masses of the year, the Pope during his blessing “Urbi et Orbi,” remembered the people of Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, also the Yazidis, Israelis, and Palestinians, named the injustices in the Lebanese people, Ukraine, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, spoke about Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Sudan, Nigeria and Cameroon, also about Chile, Venezuela, the Philippines, and Vietnam. 

However, despite the many complaints about religious persecution under the CCP, the pope again called for silence. 

During his homily, when naming the Asian countries again, the pope said, “I cannot forget the Rohingya people: may Jesus, who was born poor among the poor, give them hope in the midst of their suffering.”

It should be noted that the pope chose not to mention the harsh persecution of the Uighurs, who according to documents are about a million strong detained in concentration camps in the autonomous territory of Xinjiang in northwest China, where reports also say that genetic testing, torture, and forced abortions are practiced.

Nor did he make any reference to the terrible persecution suffered by practitioners of the Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) spiritual discipline.

On July 20, 1999, CCP leader Jiang Zemin ordered the CCP to eradicate Falun Dafa within three months. From that day forward, a brutal persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners began, which continues to this day even outside of China. 

The persecution of Falun Gong is an atheistic campaign ordered by the Chinese Communist Party and led by the 610 Office, a special extrajudicial working group created specifically to exterminate Falun Dafa practitioners.

The campaign focuses on the implementation of a system of atheistic propaganda and smear campaigns against Falun Dafa, a program of ideological conversion and forced re-education, and a variety of illegal coercive measures, including arbitrary detention, forced labor, physical torture, forced removal of organs, and death.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote an article for the religious magazine First Things on Sept. 18 urging Vatican authorities to use their influence to expose religious persecution by the CCP, Breitbart reported.

In 2018, the Vatican and the Chinese Communist Party signed an agreement that remains a secret to this day, but what is known is that the Vatican can choose some of the bishops for the dioceses in China and since signing the agreement, the Vatican has barely managed to maintain regular communication with Beijing. However, the CCP has the final say, and of the 100 bishops elected through the end of 2019, 69 were selected by Beijing and only 31 by the Vatican, American Magazine reported.

“Two years later, it is clear that the agreement between China and the Vatican has not protected Catholics from the Party’s depredations, let alone the Party’s horrific treatment of Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong adherents, and other religious believers,” Pompeo noted in his article.

It is clear that the pope is avoiding raising his voice against the CCP and its communist ideology. 

Pompeo concluded his letter by encouraging the Vatican to follow what it professes, “I pray that, in dealing with the Chinese Communist Party, the Holy See and all who believe in the divine spark enlightening every human life will heed Jesus’s words in the Gospel of John, ‘The truth will set you free.’”

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