The silence was deafening yesterday at Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus, making no mention of Afghanistan in the final minutes of his prayer.

Italian newspaper Il Tempo offered the explanation that “a confidential channel has unexpectedly been opened between the Holy See and the Taliban to create a humanitarian corridor” in a three way negotiation between Vatican Secretariat of State, the Congregation for Eastern Churches, Erdogan and the Taliban.

In a letter to the editor, Journalist Luigi Bisignani pleas that “only an initiative promoted by the Vatican Secretariat of State could be of miraculous help” since “Kabul is turning into hell.”

The Holy See Press Office did not respond to comment’s about claims made by Il Tempo.

Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano previously said on the 19th that it “will of course be necessary to negotiate with the Taliban on migration issues as well as human rights and fundamental freedoms, so that they grant those who don’t feel safe the possibility to leave Afghanistan.” Adding that these negotiations “must be done quickly.”

Pope Francis did mention Afghanistan in his Sunday Angelus last week however. Speaking to pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square, and the world, he said:

“I join the unanimous concern for the situation in Afghanistan. I ask all of you to pray with me to the God of peace so that the clamor of weapons might cease and solutions can be found at the table of dialogue. Only thus can the battered population of that country—men, women, elderly and children—return to their homes, and live in peace and security, in total mutual respect.”

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