The Pope has questioned whether US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump is really a Christian.

Pope Francis picked up on previous comments by Trump, who said he wanted to build a wall between the US and Mexico.


The head of the Catholic Church said this week that “a person who thinks only about building walls… and not of building bridges, is not Christian.”

Trump, a self-declared “proud Christian” has said he supports deporting all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US.

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel,” said the Pope.

“I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and I will give him the benefit of the doubt,” the Pope continued.

Trump responded to the Pope’s comments, saying: “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian.”

“[The pope] said negative things about me. Because the Mexican government convinced him that Trump is not a good guy,” he went on.

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