Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, last week told a French publication that mass migration is "new form of slavery" and "It is a false exegesis to use the Word of God to promote migration. God never wanted these rifts," according to Fox News.

Cardinal Sarah, born in French Guinea (now Guinea), was ordained to the priesthood in 1969 and made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. He has often been discussed as a possible future candidate for Pope.

Last week speaking in Morocco, Pope Francis criticized those who wish to limit migration. Cardinal Sarah's remarks are a challenge to Pope Francis' personal support for mass migration, a stance which has defined his papacy.

Cardinal Sarah:

...cited the example of Poland, a Catholic country that has strict immigration policies, and said he had urged it not to sacrifice its Polish and Catholic identities "on the altar of a technocratic and stateless Europe."

"She is free to tell Europe that everyone was created by God to be placed in a specific place, with its culture, traditions, and history," he told the paper. "This current desire to globalize the world by suppressing nations, specificities, is pure madness."

See the Fox News story here.

The original French report is here.

Updated: Fri, Apr 19th 2019 @ 3:25pm EDT