Pope Francis met with President Trump and his Catholic wife Melania only 5 days ago at the Vatican in Rome. While the press tried to play up the rocky start to their relationship, when then candidate Donald Trump and Pope Francis exchanged words through media sources and on social media over Trump’s strong stance on open borders, and his desire to implement a tougher vetting process for immigrants and refugees coming from terror nations.
Flashback to February 18. 201: In a remarkable dispute just two days before a pivotal Republican primary, Pope Francis said Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is un-Christian, prompting Trump to respond that it was “disgraceful” for the pope to question his religion.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis told reporters Wednesday aboard the papal plane. “This is not in the Gospel.” The pope’s comments were first made public on Thursday.
“They obviously got to the pope,” Trump said. “He doesn’t know me … the Pope heard only one side of the story.”
President Trump’s first meeting with Pope Francis appeared to go well in spite of the negative press surrounding Trump’s trip. The visit went so well in fact, that the pope whom many believed to have socialist leanings, was preaching the benefits of working and of capitalism to workers in Italy yesterday.
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Breitbart News: Speaking to workers and business people in Italy’s port city of Genoa Saturday, Pope Francis surprised his hearers by praising entrepreneurship and touting the importance of healthy businesses for the economy.
“There can’t be a good economy without good businessmen, without their capacity to create and to produce,” he said, shattering his reputation as an enemy of the free market economy.
The Pope recognized that the essential value of work and employment is only possible when companies are sound and successful. Moreover, only an economically healthy society can keep a democracy afloat, he suggested.
“The world of work is a human priority,” Francis said, “and it’s also a priority for the pope. There’s always been a friendship between the church and work, starting with Jesus, who was a worker.”
“When work is weakened, it’s democracy that enters into crisis,” he said. “There’s a social compact.”
Without denouncing unemployment benefits, Francis insisted that state intervention wasn’t a real solution. “A monthly check from the state that allows you to keep the family afloat doesn’t solve the problem. It has to be resolved with work for everyone,” he said.