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Pope greets people during visit to Astalli Center of Jesuit Refugee Service

Holy Father warns against indifference and marginalisation of migrants and refugees

Pope Francis yesterday called for a change in attitude to migrants and refugees around the world.

After welcoming members of different ethnic communities living in Rome who gathered for the audience, the Pope then directed his attention to migrants and refugees.

“Do not lose hope for a better future!” he then told them.

The Sunday Angelus held at St Peter’s Square coincided with the Church’s 100th annual World Day for Migrants and Refugees.

This year’s theme, Migrants and Refugees: Towards a better world, was launched in a message by the Holy Father in August 2013.

The Pope called on followers to move away from ‘attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalisation,’ that he claimed were ‘typical of a throwaway culture.’

Instead, the Pope wanted followers to adopt ‘attitudes based on a culture of encounter’ in order to create a ‘better, more just and fraternal world.’


Pic: Pope Francis greets refugees during a visit to the Astalli Centre of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Rome last September



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