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Pope says Trump is "not Christian"

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Posted at 12:50 PM, Feb 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 21:16:05-05

The already contentious race for the White House has taken another ugly turn, and this time it is Pope Francis firing the verbal shots.

While wrapping up his visit to Mexico, Francis said Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is “not Christian.”

The Pope made the comment while talking to reporters about Trump’s stance on immigration, including a campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and deport millions of undocumented immigrants.

According to ABC News, Frances said, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the gospel. As far as what you said about whether I would advise to vote or not to vote, I am not going to get involved in that. I say only that this man is not Christian if he said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt."

In reply to the Pope's comments, Trump says a religious leader questioning a person's faith is 'disgraceful.'