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Pope Francis pushes for inclusion in race, class, religion

  • Pope Francis delivers a blessing during a Jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Pope Francis delivers a blessing during a Jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pope Francis prays during a Jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Pope Francis prays during a Jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • The statue of St. Peter towers over a screen which is broadcasting Pope Francis reading his message during a Jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    The statue of St. Peter towers over a screen which is broadcasting Pope Francis reading his message during a Jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

Pope Francis is advocating policies of inclusion, saying God's plan doesn't exclude people based on their social class, race or religion.

Francis told a group of faithful on Saturday that Christians should welcome others "without classifying them on the basis of social condition, language, race, culture, religion."

He added "mercy is that way of acting, that style, with which we try to include others in our life, avoiding closing up into ourselves and into our selfish securities."

Francis' message comes as anti-immigrant politicians are enjoying a surge in popularity in many developed countries.