The exchange last week between leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Pope Francis over Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border blurred the lines between national, religious and political aspirations but in many ways was truly unfortunate.
During his visit to Juarez, Mexico to celebrate Mass, Pope Francis, must have felt, great pain seeing first-hand the many people, who through no fault of their own, have long-suffered or paid an ultimate price in an effort to escape the misery afflicting large parts of their country. It is in this context, and in his humanity the Pope spoke out, perhaps inspired by the words of The Lord himself “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” (Matt. 25:35)
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