In a new book, Pope Francis for the first time callsChina's Uighurs a "persecuted" people, something human rights activists have been urging him to do for years.
In the wide-ranging "Let Us Dream: The Path to A Better Future," Francis also says the COVID-19 pandemic should spur governments to consider permanently establishing a universal basic income.
"I think often of persecuted peoples: the Rohingya, the poor Uighurs, the Yazidi," he said in a section where he also talks about persecuted Christians in Islamic countries.
While the pope has spoken out before about the Rohingya who have fled Myanmar, and the killing of Yazidi by Islamic State in Iraq, it was the first time he mentioned the Uighurs.
During a conference at the Vatican last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted China over its treatment of Uighurs.
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