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Pope Francis praises Mexico for welcoming migrants

06:28 PM June 26, 2019
Pope Francis praises Mexico for welcoming migrants

Pope Francis blesses a child during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican on June 26, 2019. AP

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has complimented the people of Mexico during his weekly audience, praising them for being “so welcoming to migrants. God bless you.”

A group of Mexicans present in St. Peter’s Square for the Wednesday audience cheered and waved a Mexican flag at the comments.

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Francis has frequently been vocal in his support of Mexico’s efforts to help migrants and critical of the United States for blocking migrants at the border. During a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in 2016, he criticized then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, suggesting that anyone who wanted to build a wall along the border was “not a Christian.”

In April, the pontiff donated $500,000 to help migrants in Mexico, offering assistance to local projects that provide food, lodging and basic necessities. /ee

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