Pope Francis responds to Trump administration's decision to end DACA

Posted September 14, 2017

In his celebrated encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis wrote, "How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties?"

Pope Francis began his response by noting "there's a phrase in the Old Testament, I think in one of the psalms, where it says man is stupid; he's stubborn and does not see".

"Those who deny it, should go to the scientists and ask them", the pope added. "It's like that, when you don't want to see, you don't see". And we have a responsibility - all of us. "And history will judge their decisions".

His words were direct, but hardly new.

But after meeting the pontiff in Colombia, the Pope did not give Consuela his approval to end her life by the procedure set to take place on September 29. Second, he said, "not only welcome them but also integrate them".

Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the Paris agreement.

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The comments were made less than two weeks after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Trump had chose to end DACA.

"I have heard the U.S. president present himself as a pro-life man, and if he is that he will understand the importance of the family, and life, and how the family unit must be defended", Francis said. He emphasized that everyone has a moral responsibility to respond to the "very serious" issue of climate change, not only politicians, but each one of us. He said, though, that separating young people from their families is not good either for the young or for the family. "They speak very clearly", the Holy Father said.

"I was punched!" The Pope said, sarcastically.

The pope spoke about climate change during his speech before Congress later that year.

He said he hopes the president's administration will "rethink" its plan. But he said governments have to manage refugee flows "with prudence", taking into account how many people it can successfully integrate into its society. The Pope was riding through the streets of Cartagena greeting the faithful, when the Popemobile stopped short - causing the left side of the Pope's face to make contact with, according to Reuters, a vertical bar on the vehicle's window.

"As Jesus "shook" the doctors of the law to break them free of their rigidity", the pope said, the Holy Spirit "shakes" the church so that its members not settle into a lazy comfort, but are constantly challenged by Christ and constantly reaching out.