Pope Francis believes the United States has a "distorted vision" of the world.
According to CNSNews.com, the top Catholic made the comments to an Italian newspaper last week as top world leaders gathered in Hamburg, Germany, for the G20 Summit. Francis made the comments to La Repubblica reporter Eugenio Scalfari.
"Last Thursday, I got a call from Pope Francis. It was about noon, and I was at the newspaper when my phone rang," Scalfari reported, according to a Google translation of the remarks, CNSNews reports.
Pope Francis eventually explained that what concerns him is the "dangerous alliances" that powerful countries form, which may negatively effect marginalized people. The countries Francis listed included the U.S., Russia, China, North Korea and Syria.
"I worry about very dangerous alliances between powers which have a distorted vision of the world: America and Russia, China and North Korea, Putin and (Syria’s Bashar al-) Assad over the war in Syria,” Francis said, according to the Agence France-Presse.
“The danger concerns immigration. Our main and unfortunately growing problem in the world today is that of the poor, the weak, the excluded, which includes migrants,” Francis added, explaining that he is referring to countries that "fear an invasion of migrants."
“This is why the G20 worries me: It mainly hits immigrants," the pope said.
The issue of migrants and refugees has been one on the forefront of every European country's list of concerns for the last several years after a massive influx of migrants from war-torn Middle Eastern countries entered Europe looking for safe places to live.
And because most European countries are members in the European Union, people are allowed to travel freely from country to country. But the influx of migrants is leading many countries to reconsider that policy given the adverse effects the migrants, many of whom are unwilling to assimilate, are having on Europe.
In addition, the migrants are mostly Muslim, which in today's age of Islamic terrorism, poses a huge security threat to European countries. That's because countries are unable to properly vet those seeking refuge in their country, leading to pockets of ghettos and "no-go" zones in many cities. Those areas are typically plagued by crime.
The problem has even led the U.S. to reexamine its own refugee policy. President Donald Trump last year campaigned on halting the U.S. refugee resettlement program temporarily in order to establish a more thorough vetting process.
The White House twice attempted to do this earlier this year, but was stopped by lawsuits and court rulings. The Supreme Court finally ruled on the issue, and allowed the majority of Trump's executive order on the issue to be implemented.
However, the victory was only temporary and the court will make a more uniform ruling on the so-called "travel ban" later this year or early next year.