Pope Francis who paid a landmark visit to Morocco on Saturday and Sunday as part of his ongoing effort to advance inter-religious dialogue, warned on Sunday that those who close borders will become prisoners of the walls that they build.
Pope Francis made the statement two days after US President Donald Trump threatened to seal off the border with Mexico and moved to cut aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to punish them for failing to stop a surge in migrant crossings into the United States.
According to the spiritual leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics, President Donald Trump’s decision to build an anti-immigrant wall will leave the United States alone and a “prisoner” of its own isolation.
In his words, “that’s a universal law in the social order and in the personal one. If you raise a wall between people, you end up a prisoner of that wall that you raised.”
Another message to President Trump was sent through the Jerusalem Call signed on the first day of his trip to the North African country. Actually, Pope Francis has joined Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful and Chairman of Al-Quds Committee, to ask that “the specific multi-religious character, the spiritual dimension, and the peculiar cultural identity of Jerusalem / Al-Quds Acharif must be preserved and promoted”.
The “Al Quds Appeal” recognizes the “uniqueness and sacredness of Jerusalem”, and calls for the city to be preserved as a “common heritage of humanity and especially for the faithful of the three monotheistic religions, as a meeting place and symbol of peaceful coexistence, where mutual respect and dialogue are cultivated”.
Last year, US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as capital of Israel, igniting anger across the Muslim world that sees the city as the capital of the future Palestinian state.
King Mohammed VI, as chairman of the Al Quds a committee, which strives to safeguard and restore Jerusalem’s religious, cultural and architectural heritage, had vehemently opposed the US President’s decision.