In a significant development, the Pope Francis on Thursday questioned the US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Christianity because of his call to build a border wall with Mexico.
Pope Francis said “a person who thinks only about building walls… and not of building bridges, is not Christian”.
Among his controversial announcements, the billionaire businessman also plans to deport 11 million immigrants and stopping the entry of Muslims into the US.
Blaming Mexico for the Pope’s remarks, Trump called himself a proud Christian and called Pope’s remarks “disgraceful.”
At the end of his trip to Mexico, Pope said, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel.”
Trump for his part said, “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am a very nice person. And I’m a very good Christian. Because the pope said something to the effect that maybe Donald Trump isn’t Christian, ok? And he’s questioning my faith. I was very surprised to see it, but I am a Christian. I’m proud of it.”