As the G-20 summit wrapped up in Hamburg on Saturday, Pope Francis offered a dire warning about “dangerous alliances” among world leaders that threaten migrants and the world’s poor. In an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the Pope said he was worried about “very dangerous alliances among powers that have a distorted vision of the world: America and Russia, China and North Korea, Putin and Assad in the war in Syria.” “The danger concerns immigration,” he said, according to a translation from Italian by AFP. “Our main and unfortunately growing problem in the world today is that of the poor, the weak, the excluded, which includes migrants. This is why the G20 worries me: It mainly hits immigrants.” Pope Francis went on to urge Europe, “the richest continent in the whole world,” not to close its borders to migrants and refugees.
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