Pope says communists are closet Christians

Pope Francis has criticisms of unbridled capitalism and have prompted some to label him a Marxist. He said in an interview published on Sunday that communists had stolen the flag of Christianity.

The pontiff gave an interview to the newspsper Il Messaggero to mark the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.

He was asked about a blog post in the Economist magazine that said he sounded like a communist when he criticized capitalism and called for economic reforms.

“I can only say that the communists have stolen our flag. The flag of the poor is Christian. Poverty is at the center of the Gospel,” he stated, citing passages in the Bible about the need to help the poor, the sick and the needy.

“Communists say that all this is communism. Sure, twenty centuries later. So when they speak, one can say to them: ‘but then you are Christian’,” he further said.

Since he was elected in March 2013, he has attacked the global economic system as being insensitive to the poor and not doing enough to share the wealth with those who need it.

Earlier this month, he also criticized the wealth made from financial speculation as ‘intolerable’ and said speculation on commodities was a’ scandal’ that compromised the poor’s access to food.