“Pope Francis has warned against growing populism in Europe, saying such movements could result in the election leaders of like Germany’s Adolf Hitler,” NBC News is reporting.
“‘In times of crisis, we lack judgment, and that is a constant reference for me,’ the pontiff said in an in-depth interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais. ‘The most obvious example of European populism is Germany in 1933. After the crisis of 1930, Germany is broken, it needs to get up, to find its identity, a leader, someone capable of restoring its character, and there is a young man named Adolf Hitler.’
‘Hitler didn’t steal the power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people,’ the pope added.
“Pope Francis’ warnings come as a wave of populism washes over Europe, and as voters angry with traditional political elites throw their weight behind nationalist, anti-immigrant leaders.
“During the same interview, the pope said he was reserving judgement on President Donald Trump.
“‘I don’t like to get ahead of myself nor judge people prematurely. We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion,’ he said.”
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