Pope Francis has sparked fury in China by referring to the country’s Muslim Uighurs as a ‘persecuted’ people in a book set for release next month.
In the book Let Us Dream: The Path to A Better Future, Francis says: ‘I think often of persecuted peoples: the Rohingya, the poor Uighurs, the Yazidi.’
While Francis has spoken out before about the Rohingya who have fled Myanmar, and the killing of Yazidi by Islamic State in Iraq, the book is the first time he has mentioned the Uighurs.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian today rejected Francis’s description of the Uighurs in his 150-page collaboration with his English-language biographer, Austen Ivereigh.
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Source: Daily Mail