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Pope Francis Questions Donald Trump’s Christian Faith, Trump Fires Back

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Donald Trump, a front-runner in the US presidential race, has said it is “disgraceful” of a religious leader to question his Christian faith after Pope Francis made the suggestion while criticising his anti-immigration stance. In a dialogue with reporters on Thursday on a flight to Vatican City at the end of a five-day visit to Mexico, Francis said, in a reference to Trump, that “a person who thinks only about building walls … and not building bridges, is not a Christian”.

Trump, who is the leading Republican candidate in national opinion polls, has been at the centre of a number of controversies, including one over his pledge to build a wall between the US and Mexico to keep out undocumented immigrants if elected president.  He has also announced plans to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. “Vote, don’t vote, I won’t meddle. But I simply say, if he says these things, this man is not a Christian,” Francis said in a response to a question about Trump’s anti-immigration stance.

In a statement posted on Facebook on Thursday, Trump said: “No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith. “I am proud to be a Christian and as president I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened.”

Trump also said that in the hypothetical case of an attack on the Vatican by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the armed group which has seized territory in Iraq and Syria, Francis “would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president”.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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