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Welcome migrants, Pope urges weekly audience, at launch of worldwide campaign

September 27, 2017

Pope Francis used his regular weekly public audience on September 27 to give a strong endorsement to the “Share the Journey” campaign, launched by Caritas International to support migrants and refugees.

The Pope welcomed representatives of Caritas International, and praised their choice of a slogan for their campaign. He went on to say:

I welcome migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees who, along with workers of Caritas Italiana and other Catholic organizations, are a sign of a Church who seeks to be open, inclusive, and welcoming.

In his catechetical address the Pope spoke of hope, and said:

Hope is the impulse in the heart of those who depart, leaving their home, their land, at times family and relatives —I think of migrants —in search of a better and more worthy life for them and for their loved ones. And it is also the impulse in the heart of those who welcome them.

“Brothers, don’t be afraid to share the journey,” the Pontiff concluded.


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Sep. 28, 2017 10:57 PM ET USA

    We all welcome legal immigration and asylum seekers who are legit, and refugees up to level that they can and are willing to assimilate. Unlimited numbers are not good for any country. Better to support them in their home areas. Open borders is a death Nell for a country. Britain and Germany will find out soon if they don't wake up soon.

  • Posted by: feedback - Sep. 27, 2017 6:34 PM ET USA

    Unlimited numbers of migrants representing completely foreign and often hostile culture and disregard for social cost (sharp rise of crime, religious intolerance, terrorism, unemployment, etc) have devastating effect for the future of nations. These are well founded fears and the main reasons why even the best of people are becoming cautious about unregulated immigration. The Holy Father has to address directly those problems which are very real.