Pope expresses concern over politics of fear, week after right-wing gains in Italy

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 03:34 GMT, Mar 12, 2018 |

Pope Francis on Sunday (March 11) expressed concern over national policies dictated by fear, speaking only a week after Italy’s national elections which brought populist and anti-immigrant parties to the forefront.

The Vatican had signalled on Tuesday (March 6) its concern over results from the election, whose biggest winners were the League — the largest party in a centre-right grouping that employed the most fiery anti-migrant rhetoric during the campaign — and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement.

During the campaign, League leader Matteo Salvini clashed with the pope several times over immigration.

When Francis backed a proposed law that would have granted Italian citizenship to children born in Italy of immigrant parents — something the League vehemently opposed — Salvini said Francis could house the children in the Vatican if he wanted to.

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