Sunday, May 14, 2017

Pope Won't Try to Relax Trump's Migrant Views; Will Work for Peace When Two Meet This Month

Pope Francis says he won't try to convince U.S. President Donald Trump to soften his policies on immigration and the environment when they meet this month, but wants instead to find common ground and work for peace, the Independent (British) website reports today (May 14, 2017).

Speaking to reporters while flying home yesterday from a trip to Portugal, Francis said he would say what he thinks sincerely to Trump and listen respectfully to what Trump has to say.

Speculation has swirled about what Trump and Francis will discuss during their May 24 audience, given Francis has already said anyone (in referring to Trump) who wants to build walls to keep out migrants is "not Christian."

Trump -- who made building a wall along the border with Mexico a signature campaign promise -- responded by saying it was "disgraceful" that the pope would question his faith.

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