Pope Francis said today (February 18, 2016) that Donald Trump is "not Christian" if he wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump -- the leading Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency -- quickly fired back, saying it is "disgraceful" for a religious leader to question a person's faith, the Christian Broadcast Network website reports.
The Pope's comments to reporters -- on his flight back to Rome from Mexico -- came hours after he prayed at the U.S.-Mexican border for people who died trying to reach the United States.
Trump -- a Presbyterian Protestant Christian -- shot back within minutes, saying, "For a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful."
In an obvious attack against the Obama administration for its failure to use ground troops to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group, Trump added if ISIS attacks the Vatican -- and intelligence information indicates it would like to do so -- "the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president because [if he were] this would not have happened."