Pope rips political ‘saviours’ who face crises with walls and wires

As the eyes of the world were on Donald Trump being sworn in on Jan 20, Pope Francis waAs the eyes of the world were on Donald Trump being sworn in on

Jan 27, 2017

By Ines San Martin
As the eyes of the world were on Donald Trump being sworn in on Jan 20, Pope Francis was talking about the new American President too. On the one hand he said it would be “reckless” to judge before Trump acts, on the other warned against political “saviours” who promise to solve a crisis and end up destroying the people who embraced them.

At one point, speaking about the rise of populism both in Europe and the Americas, Francis even invoked the spectre of Adolph Hitler.

“All of Germany voted for Hitler. He didn’t steal power, he was elected by his people, and then he destroyed his people,” Francis said. “That’s the danger.”

“In moments of crisis, discernment doesn’t work, and for me it’s a continual reminder,” the Pope said. “(People think), ‘Let’s seek a saviour who will give us back our identity and defend us with walls, with wires, with whatever, from others who can rob our identity,’ and that’s very alarming.”

Pope Francis made the comments in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais on Jan 20.

Asked directly about Trump, Francis largely demurred.

“We will see what he does, and then evaluate.”

When the journalist insisted, asking, “Aren’t you worried by what you’ve heard so far?” the Pope went back to his answer: “I wait. God waited for me for so long, with all my sins …”

In comments with relevance to immigration debates, Francis said that nations have the right to control their borders, even more so those facing the danger of terrorism. However, he said, “no country has the right to deprive its citizens of dialogue with its neighbours.” --Crux

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