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