Pope Francis

Vatican inequality talks start in California farm heartland

Pope Francis said that "no people is criminal and no religion is terrorist" in a welcome letter read aloud at a conference on economic inequality that opened Thursday in the small farming city in California.

The gathering of Catholic clergy and activists in Modesto, California, came as the world grapples with the impact of President Donald Trump's efforts to change U.S. immigration policy.

"Do not classify others in order to see who is a neighbor and who is not," the pope said in a letter that was also distributed. "You can become neighbor to whomever you meet in need, and you will do so if you have compassion in your heart."

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