Castro, Ortega: The pope’s bad friendships

China and Russia are today the subject of almost all the comments on the Holy See’s international policy, in both cases anything but brilliant. But there are other countries in the world where the Catholic Church lives in no less dramatic situations of authentic persecution. And yet the pope is keeping quiet, as in the case of Nicaragua. Or, at the other extreme, he overdoes it in obsequious loquacity, as in the case of Cuba.