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Do not give up hope, Pope says at Jubilee of Migrants

January 18, 2016

Following his January 17 Angelus address, Pope Francis prayed for the victims of recent terrorist attacks and greeted migrants and refugees who had gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

“Today marks the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which, in the context of the Holy Year of Mercy, is also celebrated as the Jubilee of Migrants,” he said.

“Dear migrants and refugees, each of you carries a history, a culture, precious values; and often, unfortunately, experiences of poverty, oppression and fear,” he continued. “Your presence in this square is a sign of hope in God. Do not allow yourselves to be robbed of hope and the joy of living, resulting from the experience of divine mercy, also thanks to the people who greet you and help you.”

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