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Pope Francis appears to criticise Trump’s Mexico wall

Pope Francis leads his Wednesday general audience at Paul VI auditorium hall in Vatican City February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

London [UK]: Pope Francis has done a thinly veiled criticism of the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump, saying societies should build bridges not walls to encourage good relations among people.

The pontiff did not directly refer to the U.S. President or his plan to build a fence along his country’s border with Mexico but, his statement at his weekly general audience at the Vatican that it was a Christian calling “to not raise walls but bridges, to not respond to evil with evil, to overcome evil with good” will be seen as an allusion to Trump’s plans and policies, reports the Guardian.

The Pope added, “A Christian can never say: ‘I’ll make you pay for that.’ Never! That is not a Christian gesture. An offense is overcome with forgiveness, by living in peace with everyone.”

Trump has insisted that the Mexican Government should be made to pay the estimated USD 15 billion cost of a 1,000-mile long border fence – flatly rejected by Mexico. (ANI)