Pope warns against ‘virus of po­lar­iza­tion’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Pope Fran­cis warned against what he called a “virus of po­lar­iza­tion” and hos­til­ity in the world tar­get­ing peo­ple of dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties, races or be­liefs, as he led a cer­e­mony Satur­day giv­ing the Ro­man Catholic Church 17 new car­di­nals from six con­ti­nents.

The con­sis­tory cer­e­mony in St. Peter’s Basil­ica for­mally in­ducted the church­men into the car­di­nals’ ranks. Fran­cis used his homily to also cau­tion the new “princes of the church,” as car­di­nals are some­times called, to guard against an­i­mos­ity creep­ing into the church as well, say­ing “we are not im­mune from this.”

The pope spoke of “our piti­ful hearts that tend to judge, di­vide, op­pose and con­demn” and cau­tioned somberly against those who “raise walls.” Ear­lier this year, when asked about the plan by Don­ald Trump, then a Repub­li­can U.S. pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, to build a wall to keep Mex­i­cans from en­ter­ing the U.S., the pope replied that any­one ad­vo­cat­ing build­ing walls isn’t a Chris­tian.

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