Pope Francis said today that GOP front-runner Donald Trump “is not Christian” if he calls for the deportation of undocumented immigrants and pledges to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.
“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,” the Pope said.
He added he would not advise people on whether to vote for Trump.
During the wide-ranging press conference, Francis weighed in on the Zika crisis.
He said that contraceptives may be used in the case of mothers who may be trying to not to get pregnant because of the Zika virus.
“Avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil,” the Pope said. He urged doctors to find vaccines against the Zika virus.
The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to a birth defect called microcephaly.
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