Pope Francis made a thinly-veiled swipe at Donald Trump as the Pontiff defended Latino immigrants who came to America at ‘great personal cost’ during a moving speech to 40,000 followers in Philadelphia. Francis called on migrants from Mexico and the rest of the world to “not feel discouraged by all the challenges and hardships” they face, saying they should never feel ashamed of their own traditions.
The Pope’s words come in direct contrast to Trump’s calls for a wall to be built along the Mexican border and for stricter controls on who can enter the U.S.
Speaking from the lectern used by President Abraham Lincoln when he delivered the Gettysburg Address, Francis directly addressed America’s Hispanic population, saying: “Thank you for opening the doors. Many of you have emigrated. I greet you with my heart.
“Many of you came to this country at great personal cost, but in the hope of building a new life. Do not feel discouraged by all the challenges and hardships you might face. I ask you not to forget that, like those who came here before you, you bring many gifts to this new nation of yours.
“Please: do not feel ever ashamed of your traditions.”
The speech seemed to be a nod towards Donald Trump’s views on immigration from Mexico. Just yesterday, at the Oklahoma State Fair, the Republican presidential front runner said: “Mexico… I love Mexico — I love the Mexican people, thousands of them work for me — but we’ve gotta build a wall on the border.
“We’re gonna build a wall and we’re gonna have a door in the wall where people who wanna come in can come in legally.”
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