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Pope Francis pushes for inclusion in race, class, religion

Associated Press Associated Press 12/11/2016
Pope Francis delivers a blessing during a Jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) © The Associated Press Pope Francis delivers a blessing during a Jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is advocating policies of inclusion, saying God's plan doesn't exclude people based on their social class, race or religion.

Francis told a group of faithful on Saturday that Christians should welcome others "without classifying them on the basis of social condition, language, race, culture, religion."

He added "mercy is that way of acting, that style, with which we try to include others in our life, avoiding closing up into ourselves and into our selfish securities."

Francis' message comes as anti-immigrant politicians are enjoying a surge in popularity in many developed countries.

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