Posted by: maboulette | April 13, 2017

Pope Leading the Catholic Church Against Anti-Migrant Populism


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As politicians around the world including President Trump take a gradually harder line on immigration, a powerful force is rallying to the side of migrants: the Roman Catholic Church led by Pope Francis.

OPPONENTS OF IMMIGRATION CRACKDOWNS

Catholic cardinals, bishops and priests are emerging as some of the most influential opponents of immigration crackdowns backed by right-wing populists in the United States and Europe. The moves come as Francis, who has put migrants at the top of his agenda, seems to be leading by example, stressing his support for their rights in sermons, speeches and deeds. 

DIVIDING CATHOLICS

The pro-migrant drive risks dividing Catholics — many of whom in the U.S. voted for Trump. Some observers say it is also inserting the church into politics in a manner recalling the heady days of Pope John Paul II, who stared down communism and declared his opposition to the 1991 Persian Gulf War. The Vatican is standing in open opposition to politicians like Trump not just on immigration but also on other issues, including climate-change policy.

But the focal point is clearly migrant rights. 

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