Pope Francis has said he will not judge President-elect Donald Trump on his political policies other than those that impact the poor, according to an interview with La Repubblica, an Italian news agency.
The interview with journalist Eugenio Scalfari was headlined as "The Republic Pope: 'Trump? I do not judge. I'm interested only if he hurts the poor.'"
In it, Pope Francis told Scalfari his main concern was for refugees and migrants.
"I do not give judgments on people and politicians, I just want to understand the suffering that their approach causes the poor and excluded," he said.
The Pope spoke days before his "Jubilee Year of Mercy" event, this weekend. Nearly 4,000 homeless and marginalized people from 22 countries attended the event in Rome, Christianity Today reports.
In his interview with Scalfari, the Pope emphasized the importance of tearing the divide between the rich and the poor.
"We need to break down those walls and build bridges that allow a reduction in inequality and an increase in freedom and rights. More rights and more freedom," he said.
"What we want is a fight against inequality. This is the greatest evil that exists in the world," he added.
Scalfari asked the Pope if he was pushing a Marxist ideology.
"My response has always been that, if anything, it is the communists who think like Christians," Francis explained. "Christ spoke of a society where the poor, the weak, the marginalized are empowered... it is they who must help to achieve equality and freedom."
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