The Pope observed how Australia’s diplomatic activity in the Pacific, Asia and more recently in Africa is "multifaceted" and "growing", and noticed with interest the Australian Government’s determination to "establish relations of cooperation based on the values of fairness, ‘good governance’, and the sense of a regional neighbourhood. A genuinely ethical stance is at the heart of every responsible, respectful and socially inclusive development policy." On the activities carried out to support poorer area, the Pope recalled the "long tradition" of the Church "within the healthcare sector." "Especially in poorer nations, Religious Orders and church organizations including many Australian missionaries fund and staff a vast network of hospitals and clinics, often in remote areas where States have been unable to serve their own people. Of particular concern is the provision of medical care for families, including high-quality obstetrical care for women." "How ironic it is, however, when some groups, through aid programmes, promote abortion as a form of ‘maternal’ healthcare: taking a life, purportedly to improve the quality of life."