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Papal appeal for fraternal openness to refugees

June 20, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: At the conclusion of his June 19 general audience, Pope Francis appealed for a brotherly openness to refugees.

“Tomorrow will be World Refugee Day, promoted by the United Nations,” the Pope said to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square. “May it be an occasion to turn an attentive and fraternal gaze to all those who are compelled to flee their homes in search of peace and security.”

“We are all required to welcome, promote, accompany and integrate those who knock on our doors,” the Pope continued, according to the Vatican’s translation of his remarks. “I pray that States will strive to ensure humane conditions for refugees and to facilitate integration processes.”

(The Vatican’s translation of the Pope’s Italian remarks was inaccurate in part. The Pope said, “Siamo tutti chiamati” [“We are all called”]—not “We are all required.”)

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jun. 20, 2024 7:05 PM ET USA

    We have been seeing for 3 years how deceit and warmongering have been exploiting refugees for political agendas.