Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018
ROME

Politicians spar over the pope's support of migrants

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Rome, July 9 - Pope Francis should keep his nose
out of immigration policy, a senior official in ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party said Tuesday.
Religion and state matters must be separated, said Fabrizio
Cicchitto of the centre-right PdL, which is currently part of an
uneasy coalition government with the centre-left Democratic
Party.
He spoke after Francis made a very high profile visit
Monday to Italy's southern island of Lampedusa, to honour the
many immigrants who risked their lives and often died trying to
reach Europe.
"It's one thing to preach on religious matters; another,
however, is the management by the state of a phenomenon so
difficult, complex and also insidious," as immigration, which
often involves criminals, said Cicchitto.
"A state worthy of the name can not let our guard down".
Cicchitto's words were quickly attacked by political
opponents, including Marco Furfaro of the Left Ecology Freedom
(Sel) party.
"Pope Frances, he did what (government) policy was ashamed
to do for too many years: embrace and welcome those who come to
our door," and hope to enter, said Furfaro.
However, Cicchitto's views are shared by many, added his
PdL colleague Daniela Santanché who accused opposition
politicians of manipulating the pope's actions for their own
ends.
"(They) manipulate the mission of faith and brotherhood of
the Holy Father...Shame on them".

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