BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Pope Francis has not endorsed either candidate running for U.S. president, but he did give some advice to U.S. Catholics who plan to vote next month.
“I will only say: Study the proposals well, pray, and choose in conscience,” he told the press on a flight back to Rome Sunday after a weekend trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan.
Earlier this year, the Catholic leader was mentioned within the context of the U.S. presidential race when he remarked on a flight from Mexico that a person who advocates building walls for solutions is “not Christian.”
Republican candidate Donald Trump, who has repeatedly called for a wall to divide the United States and Mexico, retorted it was “disgraceful” to question a person’s faith.
A Vatican spokesman stressed later that the pope often says build bridges, not walls, and that his remark while wasn’t specifically targeting Trump.