The American Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was recently reportedly called as “un-Christian” by the Pope Francis. He has expressed such strong views for Trump’s promise to build a wall between Mexico and the United States, if voted to power.
However, concerns were raised whether the Pope actually said something surprising objectionable, with a leading political columnist John Leo asking to check the real English translation. Even, according to the Vatican press office’s English language translation, the pope did not actually say these words “Trump is not a Christian” but did answer a question specifically about Donald Trump. Therefore the Pope has perhaps questioned the US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's views over his call to build a border wall with Mexico, and not have questioned his religion.
According to Pope a person who thinks only about building walls not bridges, is not a Christian. “This is not in the gospel”, he said. As Trump has said, “things in that way, so the benefit of the doubt won’t take him very far”.
“It has been made very clear that he [pope] would not interfere into [presidential] election campaign in the United States. If it was correct and true what he was told that he would give the benefit of doubt over what had been reported about the Republican candidate’s expression”, said Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesperson. Commenting further he says, “therefore the key point is welcome –the building of bridges instead of walls - that is the characteristic of this pontificate. It must be interpreted and understood in this way”.
Addressing a rally in South Carolina, Mr. Trump also responded to the Pope's comments. "For a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian," Mr Trump said. "No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man's religion or faith".
"[The pope] said negative things about me. Because the Mexican government convinced him that Trump is not a good guy," he said. He also said the Vatican was the so-called Islamic State group's "ultimate trophy" and that if it attacked, "the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president because this would not have happened".