Pope Francis was unequivocal in his support of grassroots activists who are fighting for social justice, migrants and environmentalism, reports Stephanie Kirchgaessner, going so far as to say that he “reaffirms” their choice to fight against tyranny amid a “gutting of democracies.”
“As Christians and all people of good will, it is for us to live and act at this moment. It is a grave responsibility, since certain present realities, unless effectively dealt with, are capable of setting off processes of dehumanisation which would then be hard to reverse,” the Pope said.
While the Pope did not name names his remarks seemed to speak directly to protests against Republican President Donald Trump. The letter, which was read aloud by a close ally of the pope, Cardinal Peter Turkson, marked the opening of the US Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto, California.