Pope Francis rebuked President Donald Trump’s positions on Israel and refugees without once mentioning his name during his annual Christmas speech Monday.
The Pope called for a two-state solution in the Middle East after Trump made the globally-denounced decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.
“Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful coexistence of two states within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders,” he said. “We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.”
The Pope also pleaded for acceptance of refugees who have been forced from their homes, an issue Trump has repeatedly fought against.
“Today, as the winds of war are blowing in our world and an outdated model of development continues to produce human, societal and environmental decline, Christmas invites us to focus on the sign of the Child and to recognize him in the faces of little children, especially those for whom, like Jesus, ‘there is no place in the inn,’” he said.
“Jesus knows well the pain of not being welcomed and how hard it is not to have a place to lay one’s head,” he added. “May our hearts not be closed as they were in the homes of Bethlehem.”