Pope Francis 8.7.19 Maurizio Brambatti.EPA

People have been thinking it, but now Pope Francis has said it: all the talk of nationalism in Europe and elsewhere reminds him of “Hitler in 1934.” Pope Francis gave an interview, published Friday in the Italian newspaper La Stampa, which quoted him as follows: “Nationalism reveals an attitude toward isolation. I am concerned because we hear speeches that resemble those of Hitler in 1934. “Us 􏰀rst, We…We…”: these are frightening thoughts. Nationalism means being closed. A country should be sovereign but not closed. Sovereignty must be defended, but relations with other countries, with the European community must also be protected and promoted. Sovereignism is an exaggeration that always ends badly: it leads to war.” (Maurizio Brambatti/EPA)

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