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Explore causes of immigration, Pope urges media

April 07, 2017

Media coverage of the immigration issue should focus on “the causes of this phenomenon,” Pope Francis said in his latest published interview.

“The violation of human rights, the violent conflict in the social unrest, lack of basic necessities, natural disasters and those caused by man: all this must be told clearly to allow the right knowledge of the migration phenomenon and, therefore, the right approach,” the Pope said, in an interview with the Italian journal LibertaCivili, released on April 7.

The Pontiff scolded media outlets for using negative terms in describing immigrants. He observed, for example, that to “speak of ‘illegal’ as a synonym for migrant” is to be guilty of inaccuracy and spreading a negative stereotype.


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  • Posted by: LACY - Apr. 09, 2017 8:49 PM ET USA

    The Pope is right to call the media out, they are part of the problem, has bin for some time.

  • Posted by: R. Spanier (Catholic Canadian) - Apr. 09, 2017 11:26 AM ET USA

    "Today the phenomenon of illegal migrants has assumed considerable proportions... irregular legal status cannot allow the migrant to lose his dignity... Illegal immigration should be prevented, but it is also essential to combat vigorously the criminal activities which exploit illegal immigrants... The present economic and social imbalance...should not be seen as something inevitable, but as a challenge to the human race's sense of responsibility." Pope John Paul II, World Migration Day 1996

  • Posted by: skall391825 - Apr. 08, 2017 3:01 AM ET USA

    "Media coverage of the immigration issue should focus on 'the causes of this phenomenon,' Pope Francis said in his latest published interview." He's right. The media should tell the truth about how Obama caused this nightmare: in order to gain votes from his base and libertarians, Obama pulled U.S. peace-keeping troops from Iraq. The Devil was let out of his box again.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 07, 2017 1:11 PM ET USA

    "Illegal immigrant" may be a negative term, but more importantly it is not an accurate term. The legal term in the U.S. is "illegal alien," which is a precise identification of one who may wish to immigrate, but who does so under false pretenses. Unless an intending immigrant approaches a consulate or embassy to initiate the process of legal immigration, or as a legitimate refugee, illegally entering a foreign country makes him an illegal alien (one from outside the territory) by definition.