Pope says Trump’s plan to build border wall ‘not Christian’

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Donald Trump (l) and Pope Francis (r)

SAN DIEGO — Pope Francis said Thursday that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump “is not Christian” if he pledges to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.

Responding to a question about his reaction to Trump’s comments about wanting to build such a wall, Francis said: “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. As far as what you said about whether I would advise to vote or not to vote, I am not going to get involved in that. I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and I will give him the benefit of the doubt.”

The Pope made his comments en route home to the Vatican hours after he prayed for migrants who had died trying to reach the US at the US-Mexico border in Juarez, Mexico.