President Trump has been heavily criticized since he announced last week that he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after a six-month delay. Politicians on the left and right have spoken out against this decision, as have religious leaders like Pope Francis.
On Sunday, during his flight from Colombia to the Vatican, Francis held a news conference aboard the papal plane. According to CNN, he said during the conference that the president and his anti-immigrant policies are not “pro-life”:
‘The President of the United States presents himself as pro-life and if he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that family is the cradle of life and its unity must be protected.’
Earlier on Sunday, while addressing a congregation in Cartagena, Colombia, Francis also encouraged members of the Catholic Church to “promote the dignity of all our brothers and sisters, particularly the poor and the excluded of society, those who are abandoned, immigrants and those who suffer violence and human trafficking.”
Pope Francis’ comments came a few days after the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a statement calling Trump’s decision “reprehensible.” The bishops also said that the Trump administration’s’ actions directly contradicted the Bible’s teachings:
‘The Church has recognized and proclaimed the need to welcome young people: “Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me” (Mark 9:37). Today, our nation has done the opposite of how Scripture calls us to respond. It is a step back from the progress that we need to make as a country.’
During Sunday’s news conference, Pope Francis also issued a stern warning to those who continue to deny climate change.
Speaking of the importance of working to reverse the effects of climate change, Francis said:
‘If we don’t go back, we will go down.’
‘Whoever denies it has to go to the scientists and ask them. They speak very clearly, scientists are precise.
‘Then they decide and history will judge those decisions.’
When asked about why some government officials — such as President Trump — refuse to see the importance of addressing climate change, Francis quoted the book of Psalms in the Old Testament.
‘Man is a stupid and hard-headed being.’
Watch a clip from the news conference below, available via YouTube.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.