Vatican reporter says Fri Jan 28, 2022 - 11:19 am EST
Pope Francis and China’s communist dictator share ‘similar global visions’
(LifeSiteNews) — Respected Vatican journalist Edward Pentin has said that Pope Francis and the leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Xi Jinping share “similar global visions,” drawing together statements by the two men demonstrating the striking similarities.
Pentin, who is the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register, noted in an article on his personal blog that Jinping’s address to the World Economic Forum (WEF) on January 17 bears many parallels to comments and writings of the Supreme Pontiff over the almost nine years since his election, especially in relation to the goals of globalism and the Davos elite.
Indeed, Pentin stated that “[t]here is little of Xi’s speech that Francis and today’s Vatican would likely disagree with.”
Pentin provided a selection of statements from Jinping’s address, comparing them against statements of Francis in order to exhibit their shared worldview: a worldview once condemned by Pope Leo XIII as “a wicked confederacy” which seeks to “overthrow of all civil society.”
A notable theme running through Jinping’s address was one of “multilateralism,” by which he said nations “should remove barriers, not erect walls. We should open up, not close off. We should seek integration, not decoupling.”
Just 4 months ago, as the United Nations (UN) conference on climate change met in Glasgow for its COP26 event, the Pope spoke on British national radio, affirming in like manner his belief that the coronavirus crisis presents a “lesson … to build together, so that there will no longer be any borders, barriers or political walls for us to hide behind.”
Pentin pointed out the strange coincidence of analogies used by the communist president and leader of the Catholic Church to describe the international measures taken in response to COVID-19 and how they envisage the worldwide recovery effort.
“Small boats may not survive a storm, but a giant ship is strong enough to brave a storm. Thanks to the concerted efforts of the international community, major progress has been made in the global fight against the pandemic,” Jinping told the WEF conference.
Last April, Francis wrote on the “International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace” that the “lesson learned from the recent pandemic is the awareness that we are a global community, all in the same boat,” laying out his desire to see international states act in uniformity.
Additionally, Francis has said that a “comprehensive commitment on the part of the international community is necessary, so that the entire world population can have equal access to essential medical care and vaccines,” echoing Jinping’s call for a collaborative international effort to develop and give access to medicines in the wake of the novel coronavirus.
“Countries need to strengthen international cooperation against COVID-19, carry out active cooperation on research and development of medicines, jointly build multiple lines of defense against the coronavirus, and speed up efforts to build a global community of health for all,” the Chinese premier stated.