Pope Francis Just Slammed Donald Trump

February 18th 2016

Kyle Jaeger

Pope Francis had some strong words for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday. He condemned the business mogul's controversial immigration policy and said that Trump's proposal to build a giant wall along the U.S.-Mexico border demonstrated a lack of Christian values.

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

But Francis — who just ended a visit to Mexico, where he held a public mass before thousands of people at the U.S.-Mexico border — said he would not weigh in on which candidate a person should or should not support.

"I say only that this man is not Christian if he said things like that," Francis said. "We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt."

Trump, for his part, has responded to the pontiff's comments with his typical candor. He alleged that Francis was playing politics and said that he doesn't feel that Pope Francis "understands the danger of the open border we have with Mexico." Trump also said that the pope questioning his faith was "disgraceful" and suggested that he would feel differently if the terrorist organization known as ISIS attacked the Vatican.

"If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened," Trump said in a press release. "ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians."

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