ROME, ITALY – On April 15th, Pope Francis declared that the West is “racist” when referencing immigration-related issues, proclaiming that migrant refugees are “subdivided” on the basis of their country of origin and skin color.
Pope Francis made the accusation during an interview with Italian media personality Lorena Bianchetti after she brought up the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and how those circumstances have resulted in some trying to flee Ukraine.
Bianchetti mentioned how “there are these images that show the flight of Ukrainian people who are forced to leave their land, their homes, their loved ones,” and added that “in this case, there has been a real concrete response” to refugees fleeing the country, also asking whether this was evidence of “prejudice.”
“Does this response, I ask you, do you think it means there are cracks in the walls of indifference, of prejudice toward those who flee from other parts of the world wounded by war, or will refugees continue to be subdivided into the category of being an annoyance?”
In response, Pope Francis asserted that this response to Ukrainian refugees is indeed evidence of prejudice, claiming that the West is “racist.”
“It is true. Refugees are subdivided. There’s first-class, second class, skin color, [if] they come from a developed country [or] one that is not developed. We are racists, we are racists. And this is bad.”
Pope Francis likened refugees to Jesus in a sense, saying there are parallels between the plight of refugees across the globe and Jesus’ experience when fleeing Egypt.
“The problem of the refugees is a problem that Jesus suffered too because he was a migrant and a refugee in Egypt when he was a child, to escape death. How many of them are suffering to escape death!”
The Pope has been quite the controversial subject over the past near-decade with embracing woke tendencies that seem at odds with the teachings of the Bible, having back in 2013 asserted that while engaging in homosexual acts were sinful, being homosexual in orientation is not. Come 2020, Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions, saying, “Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it.”
That same year, Pope Francis voiced support of the Black Lives Matter riots that broke out throughout the country in 2020.
Back in 2019, Pope Francis was vehemently opposed to former President Trump working to establish a proper wall along the southern border, saying, “I don’t know what’s happening with this new culture of defending territories by building walls. We already knew one, that in Berlin, which brought so many headaches and so much suffering.”