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Pope Francis warns of resurgent nationalism, urges help for migrants

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Pope Francis warned on Monday against a resurgence of nationalist and populist movements , and criticised countries that try to solve the migration crisis with unilateral or isolationist actions .The pope , speaking to diplomats in an annual speech known informally as his “ state of the world ” address , suggested such movements and closed – door policies were turning the clock back 100 years to the dangerous period between the world wars .

The Pope said relationships within the international community “ are experiencing a period of difficulty , with the resurgence of nationalistic tendencies . ”
He added that the dialogue between countries was hurting the most vulnerable members of society , including migrants .

He said populist anti – immigrant parties in 2018 made gains in a number of countries ; including Italy , France , the Netherlands , Hungary , Brazil and Poland .

( Reuters / NAN )

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