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Pope on Trump: Anyone who wants border walls isn't Christian

1 year 5 months 1 day ago Thursday, February 18 2016 Feb 18, 2016 February 18, 2016 11:12 AM February 18, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Asked about Donald Trump's views on immigration, Pope Francis says anyone who wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border isn't Christian.

Trump has promised to build a wall along the Mexican border from Texas to California and expel 11 million people who are in the country illegally if elected president. The Pope's comments en route home from Mexico came hours after he prayed at the Mexico-U.S. border for migrants who died trying to reach the United States.

"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," Francis said. "This is not in the Gospel."

Not having heard Trump's border plans independently, Francis said he'd "give him the benefit of the doubt." But he added:

"I'd just say that this man is not Christian if he said it this way."

Trump responded quickly Thursday morning. 

"For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful," Trump said. "No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith. They are using the Pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant."

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