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Vatican: President Trump should heed Pope Francis’ call to “build bridges, not walls”

Ahead of the meeting between Pope Francis and President Trump in the Vatican tomorrow, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director for Europe said:

“Pope Francis has spoken forcefully in favour of freedom and justice and need to build bridges rather than walls. President Trump would do well to heed this advice.”

“The Pope has also warned against the rise of populism and the importance of opening our hearts and borders to refugees fleeing war and conflict. Whilst a Damascene conversion is unlikely, however in the wake of his dismal record on human rights, President Trump would do well to follow the Pope’s example of using his influence to support human rights both in the US and internationally.”