Pope Francis asked forgiveness in behalf of the Catholic Church for the mistreatment of the Roma people. According to Reuters, this might increase tensions Italy’s anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. Francis said his heart was “heavy” during his meeting with Roma people on his three day trip to Romania. He said: “It is weighed down by the many experiences of discrimination, segregation and mistreatment experienced by your communities.” Roma people are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe with an estimated 10-12 million population.

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