Pope Francis hasn’t been shy about his opinions when it comes to Donald Trump, his presidency, his administration and his ridiculous policies. Pope Francis and Trump couldn’t be more unalike if they tried. Trump is all about divide and conquer, while Pope Francis wants to bring everyone together in peace.
Recently, Pope Francis posted on Twitter, taking Trump’s “fake news” claims to task. Trump has spent a lot of time convincing his dimwitted followers that anything said against him is fake. He has his minions drilling it into the minds of all conservatives every day.
Pope Francis wrote, “I have chosen this theme for World Communications Day 2018: “The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace.”
I have chosen this theme for World Communications Day 2018: “The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 29, 2017
The Bible verse that Pope Francis is referencing is John 8:32 of the New Testament, which reads, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
The Vatican’s Secretariat of Communication released a statement that said, “The Church would like to make its contribution by proposing a reflection on the causes, logic and consequences of misinformation in the media and helping to promote professional journalism, always seeking the truth, and thus a journalism of peace that promotes understanding among people.”
Tension between Pope Francis’ agenda and Trump’s has been pronounced from the start, especially on migration and environmental policy. Pope Francis said it was “not Christian” to build a wall to keep out migrants, contradicting one of Trump’s main policy priorities, and he has also expressed concern that “demagogic” populism has been rising across the world. Last week, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops leadership opposed a White-House backed proposal to create a merit-based immigration system. More broadly, Pope Francis’ leadership has helped to reset Catholicism’s influence in American politics in recent years, as Rome seemed to favor a Democratic policy agenda versus a Republican one, according to Time Magazine.