ROME (AP) — Pope Francis renewed his name for Europe to welcome and present solidarity with migrants, saying the variety they’re bringing to the continent is renewing European cities as a “lovely mosaic, which shouldn’t be scarred or corrupted with prejudices or hatred.”
Francis didn’t point out the most recent migration disaster at Poland’s japanese border throughout a gathering with European Catholic missionary teams attending a gathering of the Migrantes basis of the Italian bishops convention. A whole bunch and presumably 1000’s of asylum-seekers, most from the Center East, have massed alongside Belarus’ border with Poland as a political standoff between the 2 nations intensifies.
Francis directed most of his remarks to the historical past of Italian migration, recalling his personal historical past as a descendant of Italian immigrants to Argentina. However he stated historical past makes clear that Europe is a standard house to many, and he referred to as for Europe to “revitalize its vocation to solidarity and subsidiarity at present.”
“Even the Church in Europe can not fail to contemplate the thousands and thousands of Italian and international emigrants who’re renewing the face of cities and nations,” he stated. The dream of a united, various Europe “is a ravishing mosaic, which shouldn’t be scarred or corrupted with prejudices or hatred veiled in respectability.”
Francis has continuously insisted on the necessity for European nations to welcome and combine would-be refugees and famously introduced again a dozen Syrian Muslims with him when he travelled to a refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece in 2016. Francis is because of return to Lesbos early subsequent month.