Austrian bishop bans anti-refugee fence on church lands

An Austrian bishop has refused to allow an anti-refugee border fence to be built on church lands.

Bishop Aegidius Zsifkovics of Eisenstadt has ensured the fence being built along Austria’s border with Hungary will have at least two large holes.

The bishop said that fences weren’t the answer to Europe’s refugee crisis and allowing them would be a contradiction of Pope Francis’s views.

The fence is the latest in a number of hard line stances taken by the Austrian government against asylum seekers.

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