Tweet From Pope Francis Another Subtle Dig At Trump After Jerusalem Embassy Fiasco

Nobody, not even the president of the United States, has a bigger platform to get his message across or a more receptive audience than the Pope of the Catholic Church. That said, it behooves the Pope to maintain relations with all countries, so you rarely see direct criticism of the decisions of a major world power from the papacy. The current pope, Pope Francis, however, has learned the power of social media and often uses carefully worded tweets to get his points across.

In fact, it appears that Pope Francis has taken another subtle dig at Donald Trump in a tweet over the weekend encouraging political leaders to consider the common good in their decision-making.

The Pontiff sent the innocent-seeming tweet on Sunday, several days after he openly criticized the president over his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump announced on Wednesday last week that he had directed the State Department to begin the process of transferring the US embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In doing so, Trump carried through on his campaign promise, but the controversial decision has been criticized by almost all major world powers and Middle Eastern countries except Israel.

“Political activity must truly be conducted at the service of the human person, with respect for creation and for the common good,” the Pope noted in his tweet. Of interest, this tweet was posted just a few days after Francis commented he was “profoundly concerned” about the president’s recent decision to move the US embassy to Israel to Jerusalem.

The pope’s statement last week continued to say: “I pray to the Lord that its identity is preserved and strengthened for the benefit of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the whole world, and that wisdom and prudence prevail to prevent new elements of tension from being added to a global context already convulsed by so many cruel conflicts.”

President Trump and Pope Francis are at odds on several major political and social issues, such as Jerusalem, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the protection of Dreamers, for example. However, it should be pointed out the Pope typically uses diplomatic language in his statements in an effort to find common ground with his interlocutors.

As the media has chronicled over the last 11 months, the Pope is a master of non-verbal subtlety and is suggested to have directed an eye-roll at the president at the Pontiff’s meeting with Trump and his wife Melania back earlier in the summer, and then did it again at his meeting with Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.

Also keep in mind that the head of the Catholic Church has communicated with global business and political leaders via tweets several times in the past. For example, back in 2014, he wrote: “I ask everyone with political responsibility to remember two things: human dignity and the common good.”

Source: Yahoo
Photo: YouTube, Pope Francis/Twitter

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