Pope Francis chose not to make statements about elected U.S. President Donald trump, in contrast to the head of the ROC Patriarch Kirill, who welcomed the newly elected American President, noting his many years of “active creative activity”.

“I don’t give an assessment to politicians, I just want to understand what suffering can bring their behavior to the poor and disadvantaged,” said Pope in an interview with Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, founder and columnist of the newspaper La Repubblica. The Pontiff noted that at the moment the main concern he cause the problems of immigrants and refugees, and encouraged to focus on what impact political decisions trump on resolving these issues.

The Pope had previously refused to Express an opinion about whether Americans vote for Donald trump. And in the course of his six-day visit to Mexico in February of this year, the Pontiff even expressed doubts as to the commitment of the trump ideas of Christianity. This happened after a call for presidential candidates to build a wall on the border with Mexico. “He who thinks only of erecting walls wherever they were, and not about building bridges – not a Christian,” said Pope Francis.

In turn, trump called the statements of the Pope shameful and said that he was proud of the fact that he is a Christian, reminds the Russian service broadcaster the BBC.

With regard to relations with the trump of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill cordially congratulated him on his election as President of the United States, noting that “the choice made by the American people, is an evidence of trust from the side of the people connecting with You hope for the country’s development, changes in the spheres of domestic policy and international relations.”

The Primate of the ROC, referring to Trump, expressed the hope that the longstanding relationship of the Russian Orthodox Church with the United States will continue its development “for the benefit of our peoples, United by a shared history and Christian values”.

The Pope, in contrast to Patriarch Kirill did not evaluate the Trump elected President of the United States 11.11.2016

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