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Friday, September 09, 2016

Cardinal close to Pope Francis disappointed by Trump, Clinton and the European Union

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Cardinal - candidates in the US election campaign lacks quality

The Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga views the election campaign in the US with much concern. He disagrees especially with a proposal of Donald Trump

The Papal adviser and Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga looks "with a lot of concern" on the United States and the election campaign. The world needed "great leadership", the head of the council of Cardinal advisers for reform of the Curia ( "K9") said on Wednesday evening to journalists in Duisburg. It appears that the candidates lack these qualities.

Maradiaga: The EU lacks vision

According Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa in Honduras, politicians such as Konrad Adenauer and Robert Schuman, who had built up the European Union with a visionary idea, are lacking. Instead, the economy and their interests dominate.

The Cardinal was decisively against the building of a wall to defend against illegal migrants proposed by US presidential candidate Donald Trump, on the border of the United States to Mexico. "The world needs bridges and not walls," he said, referring to Pope Francis.

Church committed to peace

Maradiaga described the current international situation as "very complicated". More dialogue and cooperation were necessary. "We will never make peace with confrontation" the cardinal said. When asked about the contribution of the Church, he stressed that they could do a lot, for example in the Middle East. Thus the Christian Patriarchs are dedicated to helping refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. (KNA)

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