A report in the Catholic Herald newspaper says that, from the point of view of the Catholic church, there is good and bad in the results of the EU elections. On the bad side it points out that less than a week after Pope Francis called on people to recognise migrants as “a living image of God’s people on their way to the eternal homeland”, voters across Europe dealt a potentially serious blow to that vision by voting for rewarding right-wing, anti-immigration parties.

On the other side, it explains that a shift to the right could help Francis on a couple of other fronts, namely his scepticism about Western backing prolonging the war with Russia, and his opposition to “gender theory”, euthanasia and abortion.

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