Weighing in on two areas of disagreement with a USA 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". Over the last several years, Francis made his first official trip outside of Rome to the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa to commemorate North African migrants who die trying to get to Europe; called on every Catholic parish in Europe to take in a Syrian refugee family; surprised 2,000 immigrant shelter residents near the Vatican with Christmas presents; and blessed USA children with parents in deportation proceedings.
"One hopes that is re-thought somewhat", replied the Pontiff.
"I hope they rethink it a bit", he said.
"The President of the United States presents himself as pro-life and if he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that family is the cradle of life and its unity must be protected", Francis said.
Francis told reporters that it was important for young people to have roots, referring to the program's previous rulings that deferred deportations for those who arrived to the USA before the age of sixteen. "History will judge their decisions".
"To take away young people from their families is not something that bears fruit, neither for the young people nor for their families", he said.
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His often poetic homily during which he called on Colombians to continue to dream and to work for a project that includes everyone echoed numerous themes touched upon in the past days such as the need to forgive those who have harmed us - a fundamental concept in a process for healing and reconciliation.
As in the case of the magnitude 8.2 natural disaster that on Thursday killed over 30 people in Mexico's Oaxaca and Chiapas states, the Caribbean storm "is leaving many victims and huge material damage in its wake", he said.
However, on this occasion, it was the very thing created to keep Pope Francis safe that ailed him. "They are very clear".
But a few years later, a local woman found it. Pope Francis said, "She had the courage and faith to put this blurred and torn fabric in a special place, restoring its lost dignity".
Pope Francis told the crowd outside St. Peter Claver Church that the two stops "have done me much good because they demonstrate how the love of God is made visible each day".
"A phrase from the Old Testament comes to mind: "man is stupid, a stubborn, blind man", he added.
"You can see the effects of climate change and scientists have clearly said what path we have to follow", he said, referring to a consensus by scientists that global warming is caused by human activity such as fossil fuels. "We have to help them - help them with closeness, with prayer, but most of all the comprehension of how much pain there is within so many people".