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Pope jokes about America’s Irish, Italian immigrants

May 25, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis joked about Irish and Italian immigrants to the US during a May 25 talk. He said: “The Irish brought you whiskey and the Italians brought you the Mafia.”

The Pope was speaking to members of the International Solidarity Fund, encouraging support for immigration. He said that he had heard the joke from “someone from the United States.”

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  • Posted by: filioque - May. 27, 2022 6:49 PM ET USA

    As a descendant of both Irish and Italian immigrants to the U.S., I find these remarks tasteless and disrespectful. They seem to be part of an unrelenting dislike of anything American, including the fact that the Traditional Latin Mass is flourishing here and seminarians are flocking to it.