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Pope Francis warns of resurgent nationalism, urges help for migrants

Pope Francis warned on Monday against a resurgence of nationalist and populist movements. He also criticised countries that try to solve the migration crisis with unilateral or isolationist actions.

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The pope, speaking to diplomats in an annual speech known informally as his “state of the world” address, suggested such movements and closed-door policies were turning the clock back 100 years to the dangerous period between the world wars.

The Pope said relationships within the international community “are experiencing a period of difficulty, with the resurgence of nationalistic tendencies.”

He added that the dialogue between countries was hurting the most vulnerable members of society, including migrants.

He said populist anti-immigrant parties in 2018 made gains in a number of countries; including Italy, France, the Netherlands, Hungary, Brazil and Poland. (Reuters/NAN)

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