Pope compares EU to Nazis after ordering states to stop saying “happy Christmas”

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Pope Francis has compared the EU to a Nazi dictatorship after it ordered member countries to stop saying “happy Christmas” and use “happy holidays” instead.

The wacko move was supposed to avoid offending non-Christians, but the outspoken cleric blasted the bloc for trying to impose woke rules on language.

The church leader made the outburst during a flight back from his trip to Greece and Cyprus.

He said: “In history, many dictatorships have tried to do these things. I’m thinking of Napoleon, the Nazi dictatorship, the Communist one.”

He warned EU chiefs that the union would go to ruin if it tried to enforce barmy ideas on people.

Pope Francis said: “The European Union must be careful not to take the path of ideological colonisation.

“This could end up dividing countries and causing the EU to fail.”

Brussels was forced to withdraw its dodgy 32-page dossier on inclusive language last week.

The bonkers document was part of a plan by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to make sure that “everyone is valued and recognised”.

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It advised staff to say “human induced” instead of “man-made” and to avoid reference to Christmas during the holiday season.

It suggested replacing “Christmas holidays” with “winter break”.

And it went on: “Not everyone celebrates the Christian holidays, and not all Christians celebrate them on the same dates.”

It also said members should use the phrase “first name” rather than “Christian name” and use names “Malika and Julio” instead of “Mary and John” to describe an “international couple”.

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But Helena Dalli, the European commissioner for equality, admitted the guidebook “clearly needed more work” after it sparked ridicule.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s de facto prime minister, also hit out at the daft attempts to cancel “our roots” and “Christian festivals”.

He said: “We know that Europe owes its existence and its identity to many influences, but we certainly cannot forget that one of the main influences, if not the main one, was Christianity itself.”

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