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Jul 19, 2017


Pope Francis has expressed concern about the alliance among major world powers noting that this is “very dangerous”; as this alliance have “distorted the vision of the world. The Holy Father particularly identified the alliance between the U.S. and Russia, saying its leaders are among those that have a “distorted vision of the world” when it comes to immigration.


Pope Francis made this remark during a recent interview with an Italian newspaper – La Republica; and related the alliance between the two world major powers with those of China and North Korea and Russia and Syria.


“I worry about very dangerous alliances between powers which have a distorted vision of the world: America and Russia, China and North Korea, (Russian President Vladimir Putin) and (Syria’s Bashar al-) Assad over the war in Syria,” the Pope remarked.He continued: “The danger concerns immigration. Our main and unfortunately growing problem in the world today is that of the poor, the weak, the excluded, which includes migrants.”


The pope has previously expressed concerns over Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. He has also criticized Trump over his stance on immigration, at one point saying Trump “is not Christian” because of his determination to build border walls.


The Pope, in a recent tweeter account stated that migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger, and war” In the interview, he went on to ask that the leaders of Europe, which he described as the “richest continent in the whole world,” not try to succumb to an illusion that they can seal their borders.


It will be recalled that the Vatican in a recent official statement expressed worry about U.S. President Donald Trump’s moves on immigration. It was the Holy See’s first comment since the US President gave his executive order banning travel into the United States by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries.


“Certainly there is worry because we are messengers of another culture, that of openness,” the Vatican’s deputy secretary of state, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, told an Italian Catholic television station in answer to a question about Trump’s order.


Some Roman Catholic leaders in the United States have also criticized Trump’s executive order. Cardinal Blasé Cupich of Chicago described it as “a dark moment in U.S. history” and that it was “contrary to both Catholic and American values”.

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