Pope Francis has vehemently condemned past actions of President Donald Trump, so surely it’s of no surprise that he’s unafraid to do it again. This time, though, the Pope had a very specific message for the Catholic Church.
Francis believes the Catholic Church has a very important role in helping immigrants and victims of human trafficking as the Trump administration wages what seems like a war on immigrants, the Associated Press reports.
During a visit to Colombia over the weekend, Francis spoke at the Church of Saint Peter Claver in Cartagena, where he said the church serves as an important example of how Catholic churches around the world should “promote the dignity of all our brothers and sisters, particularly the poor and the excluded of society, those who are abandoned, immigrants and those who suffer violence and human trafficking.”
Sporting a shiner after hitting his head on his popemobile when he stopped to greet people, the Pope remained stoic as he communicated his message to those present:
‘Here in Colombia and in the world, millions of people are still being sold as slaves; they either beg for some expressions of humanity, moments of tenderness, or they flee by sea or land because they have lost everything, primarily their dignity and their rights.’
Francis’ comments come at a time when all eyes are on the U.S. as the debate surrounding immigration heats up. Just a few weeks ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Trump plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in six months. Since the announcement, several lawmakers have said they plan to pass legislation extending the protections for children who were brought to the United States as minors.
Back in February, Francis called on Americans to build bridges rather than walls, when President Trump called for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as the Mexican government to pay for the construction of the wall.
‘A person who thinks only about building walls — wherever they may be — and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel. I’d just say that this man [Trump] is not Christian if he said it this way.’
The Pope also condemned violence against women during his visit to Colombia. During a speech in Villavicencio, he asked:
‘How many women, in silence, have persevered alone?’
The purpose of his trip is to show support for the Colombian peace process, according to BBC News. Following his trip, Francis tweeted Sunday evening:
‘Dear Colombian brothers and sisters, thank you! I have met so many people who have touched my heart. You have done me a world of good!’
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