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  • Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, for his weekly general audience, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Pope Francis salutes the faithful during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Pope Francis kisses a baby as arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, for his weekly general audience, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Pope Francis meets members of "Share the Journey'", an association which helps refugees, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, during his weekly general audience, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Pope Francis drinks some mate offered by a pilgrim as he arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, for his weekly general audience, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 3:00 pm

Pope backs US bishops who called border separations immoral

Associated Press

 

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is backing the Catholic bishops in the United States who have condemned the practice of separating children from their parents after families are caught crossing the U.S-Mexico border illegally.

Francis was asked about the family-separation policy during an interview with Reuters published on Wednesday. The pope replied: "Let it be clear that on these things I respect" the bishops' stance.

Galveston-Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who heads the U.S. bishops' conference, said last week that "separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral."

Francis told Reuters in the interview, which was conducted at the Vatican on Sunday, that his position on U.S. developments in general "lines up with the Episcopate."

Referring to immigration, he said the problem "isn't just Trump's, but also of the governments before."