Pope Francis was in Mexico recently and spoke about everything from abortion and femicide to the border wall and standing up to Trump.
But it’s his comments about Mexico’s struggle with violence and conflict that have everybody talking.
In a recent interview with Noticieros Televisa, Pope Francis blamed the country’s rising violence on the devil taking out its anger on the country.
The Pope offered an explanation for the violence and conflict that Mexico faces, saying that “the devil has beef” with Mexico. He says it’s because of the frequent persecution that Catholics faced in the country over the years.
He added that “Christian persecutions weren’t as virulent in other countries in America,” he told Noticieros Televisa, according to El Universal. “Why in Mexico? Something happened there… Otherwise, you can’t explain it.”
According to the Pope, the devil’s problem with Mexico also stems from the country’s immense admiration for la Virgen de Guadalupe.
Translation: @Pontifex_es still things that the devil has beef with Mexico because in Mexico, there is la Virgen de Guadalupe.
This actually goes back to a 2015 interview where the Pope again blamed Mexicans for worshipping la Virgen. He went on to say this is why the devil punishes Mexico.
Obviously, his remarks have caused quite a bit of drama in one of the world’s most Catholic countries.
Translation: He has to blame our bullshit on something.
People across Twitter are either offended and annoyed that the Pope would simplify something that is so complicated, while others are upset that their religious leader suggests they face an issue with the devil.
Like I don’t think anyone wants to hear that their country is being punished by the devil – especially not from the church’s number 1 leader.
Though many heard the news and couldn’t help but laugh.
The majority of people across social media just couldn’t beleive that their county’s struggles were being reduced to such a simple explanation.
Many wanted to hear detailed plans or suggestions from Pope Francis on how best to combat the issues the country faces but, instead, were left disappointed.
And some suggested the devil himself was probably having a good laugh at all of this.
Translation: Now we understand everything. The devil has beef with Mexico, says the Pope.
And one Twitter user admitted he agrees with Pope Francis.
Translation: “I also think that ‘the devil has beef with Mexico.’ Well, at least with my Chivas.”
Or at least that the devil has beef with his futbol team, Las Chivas. And with a season like they had last year, we would probably have to agree.
In a generous move that will help assist over 75,000 migrants currently at the U.S. border, Pope Francis donated $500,000 in aid to migrants. The donation will be distributed between 27 projects associated with 16 Mexican dioceses and congregations. The funds will continue providing food, lodging, and basic necessities to migrants fleeing their home countries through Mexico.
The Vatican says there have been nearly 75,000 migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala that are essentially “stranded.”
The Catholic Church has been helping those fleeing their home countries by supplying medical necessities. The church is also housing thousands of migrants in hotels within dioceses or congregations. The donation is another way to help as the number of waiting migrants continues to grow in the coming months.
“In recent months, thousands of migrants have arrived in Mexico, having traveled more than 4,000 kilometers on foot and with makeshift vehicles from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala,” reads a press release from the Vatican. “Men and women, often with young children, flee poverty and violence, hoping for a better future in the United States. However, the U.S. border remains closed to them.”
Thirteen various projects have also already been approved for aid in Nuevo Laredo, Tijuana and Nogales, which all border the U.S. The remaining 14 projects are still undergoing the approval process, according to the press release.
The donation comes less than a month after Francis criticized Trump and other “builders of walls” who want to keep migrants out of their countries.
The funds are another rebuke to President Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration from Francis. In March, he said that “Builders of walls will end up becoming prisoners of the walls they build.”
“I realize that with this problem [of migration], a government has a hot potato in its hands, but it must be resolved differently, humanely, not with razor wire,” Francis told reporters.
Back in 2016, Francis suggested that Trump’s desire to keep migrants out of America was an un-Christian decision.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Pope Francis told The New York Times, referring to Trump’s immigration policies.
The donation has angered a lot of people within and outside of the church.
Religion is supposed to be about compassion. There is something in the bible about welcoming foreigners into your land and treating them kindly. It is almost like people forgot this passage recently…
Others are threatening to turn their backs on the church.
While no one should be forced to accept anyone’s political affiliation as their own, one would expect that someone part of a church would understand compassion.
Some people are mad because the Catholic church didn’t donate enough.
The internet is good for one thing: opinions. Social media is a place where no one wins. No matter what you do, people will argue that you did too much, not enough, or got involved in something you shouldn’t be involved with. It’s a real no win.
Some loyal Catholics support the pope and his donation.
The migrant crisis at the border has been exacerbated for months due to U.S. policies targeting migrants and legal asylum seekers. The Trump administration has even started forcing migrants to wait in Mexico as their asylum requests are being processed, which one U.S. federal judge ruled to be illegal.