Pope Francis Slams Nationalists For 'Blaming Evil on Migrants'
The Pontiff's made comments in his message for the Catholic Church's World Day
As Pope Francis praised the U.N.’s Global Compact agreement, approved in Marrakesh last week, the Pontiff moved on to condemn nationalist leaders who allegedly 'blame migrants' for the country's problems.
Francis, who is frequently urging countries to open their borders, made the comments in his message for the Catholic Church's World Day of Peace, commemorated on New Year's Day.
The Pope's message comes at a time where many citizens are protesting against mass immigration and globalism.
@fThe Pontiff challenged President Donald Trump and Italian right-wing league leader Matteo Salvini over their stance on mass immigration.
'Political addresses that tend to blame every evil on migrants and to deprive the poor of hope are unacceptable,' the pope, said.
He then added that the world is 'marked by a climate of mistrust rooted in fear of others or of strangers, or anxiety about one's security.'
Early this month, the Vatican’s department for Migration and Refugee praised the GCM stating it emphasized“greater cooperation and responsibility sharing.”
“The Holy See will join many other governments of the world to celebrate the adoption of this pact, the first international agreement on migration at the global level,” the statement read.
The Pope criticized 'vices' by politicians who he said undermined true democracy including xenophobia, racism, lack of concern for the environment, and plundering of natural resources.
Back in August, the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families claimed refugees would help Westerners join a global family.
In “Nowhere to Lay his Head: a Christian Response to Migrants and Refugees,” Pope Francis' point man highlighted the pontiff’s 2016 apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, to think beyond the normal Western family unit and consider a borderless global family.
"Amoris Laetitia stimulates us to reflect deeply on the meaning of family in our community and society, where we might take hearth and home for granted,” said Jesuit Father Michael Czerny.