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Pope Francis: Welcome migrants for who they are, more than for what they can contribute

March 10, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: On March 9, Pope Francis received participants in Cattedra dell’accoglienza (chair of welcome), an event held at Fraterna Domus, a retreat center in Sacrofano, Italy.

In his Italian-language address, the Pope drew attention to two passages in his 2020 encyclical letter Fratelli tutti and said, “In the Old Testament, I have always been struck by the recurrence—in the prophets, in the historical books—of the three people to whom special attention must be paid: the widow, the orphan and the migrant.”

The Pontiff had earlier sent a message to the event, and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy See’s Secretary of State, had called for safe, regulated migration in remarks to journalists there.

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