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Migration poses greatest world problem since World War II, Pope tells audience

March 22, 2017

Speaking at his regular weekly public audience on March 22, Pope Francis said that the worldwide flood of migrants and refugees is posing the greatest tragedy the world has faced since World War II.

The Pope, who has frequently argued that world leaders must find ways to accommodate migrants and ensure that they are treated with dignity, renewed his appeal during his Wednesday audience. He added that societies must take steps to integrate new arrivals into their communities.


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  • Posted by: feedback - Mar. 23, 2017 1:11 PM ET USA

    Refugees and migrants are not people just happy to migrate somewhere. They are people violently and unjustly displaced from their native lands and torn apart from their home, from their family, and from their native culture. Any address of immigration by the Church leaders should always point to the painful roots of it, and Catholics naturally respond with merciful welcome. But we can't be obliged to accept migration for our "cultural enrichment" only, at the cost of our Christian civilization.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Mar. 23, 2017 12:11 AM ET USA

    Again and again the same one sided argument; the same ignoring of the causes of the "flood of migrants and refugees"; the same refusal to see the other side of the coin; the same failure to condemn the causes; and, in other places, the same grind against capitalist structure.

  • Posted by: FredC - Mar. 22, 2017 7:25 PM ET USA

    The migrant problem is small relative to the resultant Muslim world conquest -- or perhaps the resultant World War III between the Muslims and the Communists.