Pope Francis made a thinly-veiled swipe at Donald Trump as the Pontiff defended Latino immigrants who came to America at ‘great personal cost’ during a moving speech to 40,000 followers in Philadelphia.

Francis called on migrants from Mexico and the rest of the world to ‘not feel discouraged by all the challenges and hardships’ they face, saying they should never feel ashamed of their own traditions.

The Pope’s words come in direct contrast to Trump’s calls for a wall to be built along the Mexican border and for stricter controls on who can enter the US.

Speaking from the lectern used by President Abraham Lincoln when he delivered the Gettysburg Address, Francis directly addressed America’s Hispanic population, saying: ‘Thank you for opening the doors. Many of you have emigrated. I greet you with my heart.

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