Pope Francis Warns Against Rise Of Populist Leaders Like Adolf Hitler as US President Sworn In

Pope Francis Warns Against Rise Of Populist Leaders Like Adolf Hitler as US President Sworn In
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Pope Francis has warned against a rise in populism and the dangers of allowing political crises to usher in dictators like Adolf Hitler. He also stated that people should not repeat the same mistakes as in the 1930s, when they turned to saviours to resolve economic and political crises only to end up at war.

He made these remarks as US’s 45th President Donald Trump was being sworn-in as US president, in a wide-ranging interview with Spanish newspaper.

“Crises provoke fear, alarm. In my opinion, the most obvious example of European populism is Germany in 1933,” the Pope said.

The Pope condemned the use of walls and barbed-wire to keep foreigners out, but he said it was too early to judge the new US leader, saying “we’ll see what Trump does”.

Mr. Trump has caused controversy with his comments on Mexican immigrants and his plans for a wall to keep them out.

 

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