Flying from Colombia back to Rome late September 10, Pope Francis was asked about U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed some 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally as children to stay in the country, working or going to school.
"I have heard the President of the United States speak", the pope added.
Calling upon humankind to take a stand against the fossil fuel industry to curb global warming, McKibben likened the ongoing battle against oil and gas companies to "going on a war-like footing: not shooting at enemies, but focusing in the way that peoples and nations usually only focus when someone's shooting at them".
Weighing in on two areas of disagreement with a US president with whom he has already clashed, Pope Francis said Monday that climate science is clearly true, and that President Donald Trump should allow young immigrants to stay in the United States if he is truly "pro-life".
The program was announced in 2012 by President Obama and implemented by the Department of Homeland Security, in the memorandum "Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children". But the Trump administration announced last week that it would no longer accept new DACA applicants as of September 5 - and urged current DACA recipients whose work authorization cards expire before March 5, 2018 to apply for an one-time, two-year renewal. God never tires of forgiving sin, he said, but corruption is a kind of sin with a difference: the corrupt person tires of seeking forgiveness, and even forgets how to ask for forgiveness. They are most clear.
Asked if he thought that ending DACA will cause youth who benefitted under the program to lose their joy and hope in the future, he said that when youth feel exploited, whether in this case or others, they are robbed of hope. After he had answered eight questions, Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office, told the pope it was time to sit down because the plane was approaching an area of turbulence.
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By that point, the original 90-day travel ban will have lapsed and the 120-day refugee ban will have just a few weeks to run. Lower courts had blocked the ban, saying Trump overstepped his authority and unconstitutionally targeted Muslims.
Francis has clashed previously with Trump over issues of immigration, saying that anyone who wants to build a wall as Trump does on the Mexican border to keep out migrants is "not Christian". In a high-profile visit to Rio Grande river, Francis blessed undocumented immigrants and called for "no more deaths!"
Francis is likely to hold Claver up as a model for today's Catholic Church, someone who insisted on recognizing the inherent human rights of everyone.
The statement said Francis "expressed his concern for the worsening of the humanitarian crisis".
According to an interview with Reuters, the Pope - who has criticized Trump's policies before - was asked by journalists aboard the papal plane returning from his overseas trip to Colombia about his reaction to the latest policy shift. "I didn't see the glass".
Trump and the Pope have tussled over immigration before, with the Pope saying a year ago that anyone who thinks only of building walls instead of bridges is "not Christian".