The Pope asks Europe for a fair reception and to expand the legal entry of migrants. SOS Mediterranean volunteers offered the Pope a life jacket for children.
Pope Francis urges European leaders to open their ports to migrants and refugees. During his visit to Marseille, the pontiff preached humanity and charity, and condemned “belligerent nationalisms.” Francis has called for a pan-European response to migration to prevent the Mediterranean from becoming “the graveyard of dignity.”
“Those who risk their lives at sea do not invade, they seek to be welcomed. The migratory phenomenon is not so much a momentary emergency, always good for provoking alarmist propaganda, but a fact of our time.”
In his speech before some 60 bishops, politicians and youth groups, Francis spoke in favor of welcoming migrants, using Marseille as an example, a port that for centuries was a crossroads of cultures and religions.
SOS Mediterranean volunteers offered the Pope a life jacket for children.
The Pope has emphasized his condemnation of the tragedy of migration in the Mediterranean, which this year has left more than 2,300 deaths counted to date.
Additional sources • Escarlata Sánchez (Text and voice in Spanish)
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