Pope Francis Attacks “Builders of Walls”
Pope Francis attacked “builders of walls” in an apparent swipe at President Trump at a rally filled with tens of thousands of youth Thursday evening in Panama City.
“We know that the father of lies, the devil, prefers a community divided and bickering … This is the criteria to divide people. The builders of bridges and the builders of walls, those builders of walls sow fear and look to divide people. What do you want to be?” Francis said.
The Pope’s remarks apparently refer to Trump’s proposal to build a steel wall along the US-Mexico border, which has led to a 34-day and counting partial government shutdown.
“Build a wall and crime will fall,” Trump said in a Twitter message on Wednesday.
In a recent interview, the Pope said measures such as the border wall are driven by fear.
“It is the fear that makes us crazy,” he said.
The pope has a history of disagreeing with Trump over the border wall.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said in 2016. “This is not the gospel.”
Trump replied by calling the Pope’s comments “disgraceful.”
“No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith,” Trump said in a statement.