Pope Francis said on Wednesday that society should not create “walls but bridges” to encourage good relations among people, adding it was wrong to be spiteful and say “I´ll make you pay for that”.
US President Donald Trump has promised to build a wall on the border with Mexico and have the Mexicans pay for it.
The Argentine-born pontiff did not mention Trump or that specific wall in his comments.
Speaking at his weekly general audience, Francis spoke of a Christian calling “to not raise walls but bridges, to not respond to evil with evil, to overcome evil with good.
“He then improvised and added: “A Christian can never say ´I´ll make you pay for that´. Never! That is not a Christian gesture.
An offence is overcome with forgiveness, by living in peace with everyone.
“Last year, in response to an answer about then-candidate Trump´s views on immigration and his intention to build a wall on the border with Mexico, Francis said a man with those views is “not Christian”.
He said in an interview last month that he would not form an opinion of Trump until he first had a chance to see specific policies the new US president would implement.
As Trump was taking office on Jan 20, Francis sent a message urging him to be guided by ethical values, saying he must take care of the poor and the outcast during his time in office.
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