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Pope on independence: Sometimes right, sometimes wrong

Pope Francis has entered the debate over Scottish independence saying it must be ‘handled with care.’

In an interview with a Catalonian newspaper the Pope was asked if he was worried about the risk of separation between Spain and Catalonia.

The Pontiff replied that he was worried about ‘any division’ and in his answer touched on the Scottish situation and what he believes are the differences between ‘independence for emancipation and independence for secession.’

While suggesting that ‘there are countries with cultures so diverse that not even glue could stick them together,’ such as the ‘very clear case’ of Yugoslavia, he did ask ‘if it is so clear in other cases, in other countries, which have until now been together.’

“They must be studied on a case-by-case basis: Scotland, Padania (an area in northern Italy), Catalonia,” the Pope said. “There will be just cases, and cases that are not just, but the secession of a nation without a history of forced unity must be handled with care, and analysed case-by-case.”



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