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Is Pope Francis Backing Anti-Trump Protesters?

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Friday, 17 Feb 2017 12:57 PM

Pope Francis has made statements that appear to support the ideology of anti-Donald Trump protestors, The Guardian reports.

In a letter to activists fighting for social justice, migrants and the environmental issues, the pontiff said:

"As Christians and all people of good will, it is for us to live and act at this moment. It is a grave responsibility, since certain present realities, unless effectively dealt with, are capable of setting off processes of dehumanization which would then be hard to reverse."

The Pope also blasted leaders who exploit "fear, insecurity, quarrels," to shift the responsibility for all these ills on to a 'non-neighbor.'"

"Sooner or later, the moral blindness of this indifference comes to light, like when a mirage dissipates. The wounds are there, they are a reality. The unemployment is real, the violence is real, the corruption is real, the identity crisis is real, the gutting of democracies is real."

The newspaper said the remarks can be seen as an endorsement of resistance against "populist and xenophobic political movements."

"While he did not name Donald Trump, and stressed his remarks were not targeted at any individual politician, the letter, read at the opening of the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto, California, seem to speak directly to protests against the Republican president," The Guardian's Stephanie Kirchgaessner wrote.

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