Salvini says pope should appeal to help destitute Italians

Northern League leader notes Church financed by taxpayers

(ANSA) - Milan, September 7 - Anti-immigrant Northern League leader Matteo Salvini poured scorn on an appeal by Pope Francis for people to welcome migrants, saying he hoped the pontiff felt the same way about helping destitute Italians.
    "I don't want to polemicise with the Holy Father," snorted the raucous politician, speaking to Radio Padania.
    "But who knows if his appeal to welcome immigrants in the parishes is valid also to shake the consciences of right-thinking goody goodies over the thousands of Italians in difficulty who sleep in their cars," said Salvini.
    "And then of course the Church gets its cash largely in Italy from the 8 per 1000," Salvini said, referring to the system whereby Italians can devolve part of their income tax payments to the Catholic Church.


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