Pope's comments on Trump not a personal attack: papal spokesman

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis's suggestion that Donald Trump was "not Christian" because of his views on immigration was not a personal attack on the U.S. Republican presidential candidate, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said on Friday.

Lombardi told Vatican radio that the pope's comments, which were denounced by Trump, were simply an affirmation of his long-standing belief that migrants should be helped and welcomed rather than shut off behind walls.

"In no way was this a personal attack, nor an indication of how to vote," Lombardi said.

(Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by)

This article was funded in part by SAP. It was independently created by the Reuters editorial staff. SAP had no editorial involvement in its creation or production.

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