ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis, putting President Trump on notice, warned on Sunday that those who close borders “will become prisoners of the walls that they build.”
The remarks came as the pope was returning from a visit to Morocco, where he worked to further his priorities of supporting migrants and establishing closer relations between the Roman Catholic Church and moderate Islam.
Mr. Trump threatened Friday to seal off the border with Mexico and moved to cut aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to punish them for failing to stop a surge in migrant crossings into the United States.
Francis, who suggested in 2016 that Mr. Trump was “not Christian” for his belief in building walls, rather than bridges, was also asked aboard the papal airplane
He also warned against quickly judging Muslim countries for their relative lack of freedom of religion
Francis touched on existential problems within the church, which faces eroding trust because of clerical sexual abuse.
Internet-based "fake news" is fomenting prejudice and hatred, Pope Francis said on Tuesday, warning our culture "has lost its sense of truth and bends the facts to suit particular interests". Social networks encourage contact between people who already think alike, precluding them from debate, he said.
"These closed circuits facilitate the spread of fake news and false information, fomenting prejudice and hate."
"It is not healthy to confuse communication with mere virtual contact," the pope wrote.
"Indeed, the digital environment is also one of loneliness, manipulation, exploitation and violence... blocking the development of authentic interpersonal relationships."
In the wide-ranging document, the pope also warned of ..