Following Italian Elections, Pope Francis Denounces Anti-Immigration Politics

Monday, March 12, 2018
By Paul Martin

12 Mar 2018

One week after Italian elections saw a major shift toward anti-establishment parties, Pope Francis has decried politics based on fear of migrants.

“Fears often focus on the foreigner, the one who is different from us, poor, as if he were an enemy,” Francis said Sunday in an address delivered during a visit to the Sant’Egidio Community, an international lay group celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding.

“People even draft plans for the development of nations based on the fight against these people,” the pope continued. “And then we defend ourselves from these people, thinking that in this way we preserve what we have or who we are.”

In last Sunday’s Italian elections, voters favored the Center-Right coalition, which had adopted a hardline stance against open borders in its political program. In the last several years, Italy has taken in some 700,000 migrants, mostly originating from sub-Saharan Africa, and the ruling Democratic Party (PD) had been widely viewed as ineffective in curbing the massive influx of migrants into the country.

In his speech Sunday, Pope Francis focused especially on the issue of fear.

Fear, he said, “is an ancient disease” and a poor counselor, to which Christians are not immune. “Our time knows great fears in the face of the vast dimensions of globalization.”

“The Word of God has protected you in the past from the temptations of ideology and today frees you from intimidation of fear,” he said.

In point of fact, however, the pontiff would seem not be counseling against all fear, but particularly the fear of immigrants.

For example, he has warned of fearsome consequences that will befall the human race if we are not successful in combating “climate change,” which he says is a root cause of wars and migration.

Citing a climate change report last September, Francis declared that “we only have three years to turn back, or there will be terrible consequences.”

“I do not know if the three years are true or not, but if we do not go back, we are going down!” Francis said. “Climate change is seen in its effects, and we all have a moral responsibility in making decisions. I think it’s a very serious thing.”

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One Response to “Following Italian Elections, Pope Francis Denounces Anti-Immigration Politics”

  1. Curtis

    In that the poop is such a magnanimous person how about taking in a few thousand pieces of this shit and feed and water them in the vat-i-can…you know that shit house called the hope of the world there in the center of rome??? Lots of room there; probably house ten thousand niggruhs and they can shit in the corners like every space in paris. by the way poop franky, youse have lots of money, if you don’t want them in your front yard there are plenty of hotels in paris and rome that you can put them up.


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