"I do not judge. I'm Interested only if he hurts the poor," Pontiff on Donald Trump's win
The Catholic leader says he has nothing to say about Donald Trump, however his only concern is how the presidential-elect's policies affect the poor.
In February, 2016, the Catholic leader insinuated that the 45th presidential-elect is not a Christian, this comment was based on Trump's campaign promises to deport more immigrants and build a wall along the border, The New York Times reports.
According to him, “a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian."
Trump responded by saying, “for a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. No leader, especially a religious leader, has the right to question another man’s religion or faith."
On the eve of election, Pope Francis let everyone know how he felt about the presidential election by delivering an 'anti-Trump' speech, without mentioning Trump's name, Daily News Bin reports.
“No tyranny finds support without tapping into our fears. This is key. Hence, all tyranny is terrorist....
Walls that enclose some and banish others. Walled citizens, terrified on one side, excluded, exiled, and still more terrified on the other. Is that the life that our Father God wants for their children? Dear brothers and sisters, all walls fall. All of them. Do not be fooled", he said.
Recently, when faced with an opportunity to reveal his opinion on the winner of the 2016 U.S election, the Pope still found a tactical way to answer, without actually answering.
DailyMail reports that Pope Francis succeeded in dodging a question in an interview with Italy's La Repubblica newspaper.
When asked to comment on Trump's win, the Catholic leader refused to "judge" the presidential-elect, adding that he is only concerned with his policies on the poor.
"I do not give judgments on people and politicians, I just want to understand the suffering that their approach causes the poor and excluded.
Money is against the poor but there are also poor people in rich countries who fear the acceptance of their peers from poor countries. It's a vicious circle and it must be stopped. We must break down the walls that divide," he said.
The interview was headlined in "The Republic Pope: 'Trump? I do not judge. I'm Interested only if he hurts the poor."
Afterwards, a papal spokesman addressed the interview by saying that it was not a personal attack.
This interview comes after Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, announced that he would pray for Trump's 'enlightenment' in 'service of the world’s welfare and peace'.
Earlier, Pope Francis suggested that he may have lost faith in American Christians because of the outcome of the election, Business2Community reports.
“True Christians do not treat anyone differently, talk bad about them or look down on them. God help poor Mexicans, Africans and Cubans who wanted to realize American dream.
I am not sure whether we still can vouch for the faith of American Christians, as they need more wisdom looking at the leader they finally elected”, he said.
All of this suggest that the Pope might not be particularly happy about Trump's win, although he (the Catholic Church) share the same view on abortion, and same-sex marriage.
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