25 February 2016, The Tablet

Trump card: As the presidential race intensifies even Pope Francis has got involved

On Tuesday the US presidential race moves up several gears with primaries being held in 11 states. And as the contest intensifies, it is apparent that Donald Trump has shifted all the Republican candidates to the Right, especially on migration, and even provoked the Pope When Pope Francis questioned Donald Trump’s Christian faith over his plans to build an impenetrable wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, the political world held its breath. The Pope could not have spoken more plainly: “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.”The pugnacious billionaire styles himself as a “counter-puncher” and true to form, within minutes of news reports
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