Assessment: The pope called upon the world “to open up paths of peace through a multilateralism that will not end up being stifled by excessive nationalistic demands …
Pope Francis warned the world of a “retreat from democracy” that’s been occurring in Europe and other nations.
The pope made his comments during a three-day visit to Greece, warning against nationalism and populism.
“[Democracy] is complex, whereas authoritarianism is peremptory and populism’s easy answers appear attractive,” the pope said.
“And He has made from one [a]blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings” Acts 17:26
The pontiff added that Europe and other places are “witnessing a retreat from democracy.”
The pope’s comments follow a summit in Warsaw by nationalist leaders from countries, including France and Italy, that seeks to explore the creation of a grand coalition of such politicians.
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