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Pope Francis praises Mexicans for welcoming migrants

Pope Francis has complimented the people of Mexico during his weekly audience, praising them for being “so welcoming to migrants. God bless you”.

A group of Mexicans present in St Peter’s Square for today‚Äôs audience cheered and waved a Mexican flag at the comments.

The Holy Father has frequently been vocal in his support of Mexico’s efforts to help migrants and critical of the United States for blocking migrants at the border.

During a visit to the US-Mexico border in 2016, he criticised then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, suggesting that anyone who wanted to build a wall along the border was “not a Christian”.

In April, the pontiff donated 500,000 US dollars to help migrants in Mexico, offering assistance to local projects that provide food, lodging and basic necessities.

Picture: Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 26th June 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).