Pope Francis appears to criticize Trump’s Mexico border wall plan

The pontiff did not directly refer to Donald Trump’s plan to build a fence along his country’s border with Mexico, but made a thinly veiled criticism of it

A Christian can never say, ‘I’ll make you pay for that.’ Never! That is not a Christian gesture. An offence is overcome with forgiveness, by living in peace with everyone

Pope Francis has made a thinly veiled criticism of the policies of Donald Trump, saying societies should build bridges not walls to encourage good relations among people.

The pontiff did not directly refer to the US president or his plan to build a fence along his country’s border with Mexico.

But his statement at his weekly general audience at the Vatican that it was a Christian calling “to not raise walls but bridges, to not respond to evil with evil, to overcome evil with good” will be seen as an allusion to Trump’s plans and policies.

In improvised remarks, the pope appeared to further refer to Trump by saying: “A Christian can never say: ‘I’ll make you pay for that.’ Never! That is not a Christian gesture. An offense is overcome with forgiveness, by living in peace with everyone.”

Within days of his inauguration, Trump signed an executive order on the “immediate construction of a border wall” claiming the move would save “thousands of lives, millions of jobs and billions and billions of dollars”.

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Source By https://www.theguardian.com

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