Pope Francis (R) poses with US President Donald Trump (C), US First Lady Melania Trump and the daughter of US President Donald Trump Ivanka Trump (L) at the end of a private audience at the Vatican on May 24, 2017. US President Donald Trump met Pope Francis at the Vatican today in a keenly-anticipated first face-to-face encounter between two world leaders who have clashed repeatedly on several issues. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Evan Vucci (Photo credit should read EVAN VUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)

Two leading theologians close to Pope Francis have said that American evangelicals and hard-line Catholics have a worldview that is “not too far apart’’ from jihadists.
Their article in the journal Civilta’ Cattolica, which has outraged religious conservatives in the US,  goes on to accuse right-wing Catholics and Christians of making an unholy pact with President Trump, and of  deepening political polarisation in the United States.
Some experts have interpreted the article as a call from Pope Francis himself for the church to dissociate itself from the US administration’s right-wing policies on everything from climate change to migration. Pope Francis has previously hit out at  President Donald Trump’s proposals to build a wall between Mexico and the US – a policy the pontiff had said was not Christian.
The Vatican has refrained from commenting on the article.
But Vatican expert Nello Scavo, author of four books on the current pope,  told i he …