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Published: Tue, January 24, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Pope Francis warns against rise of populism in Europe

Pope Francis warns against rise of populism in Europe

Pope Francis has been a really popular Pope since his views on world affairs have been more closely aligned with that of liberals, or supporters of left-leaning government.

Once again, the Holy Father covered a wide range of topics in a newspaper interview, touching again on subjects that are near and dear to his heart - including the "world war" now being waged "in pieces"; the problem of migration, which involves both welcoming and integrating migrants; the problems of embracing ideologies; and the problems of corruption, especially in the modern world, which worships the "god of money".

During his inaugural address, Trump vowed to be a voice for the "forgotten people" of the United States. However, this is indeed the first time someone like the Pope made the connection.

Pope Francis spoke out on Sunday about his fears of nuclear warfare, and about the dangers of building walls between nations, comparing today's populist movements to Nazi Germany.

"Crises provoke fear, alarm". In my opinion, the most common example of European populism is Germany in 1933. "In times of crisis, we lack judgment". That is why I always try to say: "talk among yourselves, talk to one another".

The Pope said he would not jump to conclusions on Trump, and will observe his actions before passing judgment.

The interview with Pope Francis also touched on the Vatican's role as a mediator in diplomatic conflicts, with the Holy Father emphasizing the importance of dialogue. "God waited so long for me, with all my sins". "I don't like to get ahead of myself nor judge people prematurely", Pope Francis said.

"We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion", Pope Francis said.

The Pope said it is "most unwise" to be afraid of something that might happen. "It would be like prophets predicting calamities", he said. That is the warning against populism and how it affects society as a whole. "He was elected by his people and then he destroyed his people". He also said the he prays that Trump's decisions in his presidency will be "guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people".

The Pope also warned that he felt people were more "anesthetised" than ever, describing people's apathy to reality as "the most unsafe illness".

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