THE Pope has been attacked for his “unheard meddling in Italian politics” after he called babies born in the country to migrant parents to be awarded Italian nationality.
There are growing calls from the left to allow migrants ‘Ius Soli’ – roughly translated as birthright citizenship.
Supporters believe that the new law would help integration in Italy.
If the Pope wants to apply ‘ius soli’ in the Vatican city, go ahead and do it, but Italy can’t receive everyone. This is a serious and unheard meddling of Pope Francis in Italian politics. With this yes to ius soli and ius culturae”.
Pope Francis has said that “every foreigner who knocks at our door is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed or rejected foreigners.”
Mr Calderoli said he was concerned that this change of citizenship would give away Italian citizenship to over two million immigrants.
It has been revealed that almost 200,000 migrants arrived in 2016 to Italy.