Pope condemns “evil” in dealing with immigrants

Pope Francis
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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Pope Francis condemned Monday “the evils and hatreds of our time” that lead to the rejection of immigrants in a message on the occasion of the International Day of Migrants and Refugees.

The Pope said that “the evils and the hatreds of our time increase our fear for others, the unrecognized, the marginalized and the foreigners, especially today with the arrival of refugees and immigrants who are marching in search of protection, security and a better future.”

The long-overdue letter was published the day after the European elections, which registered a rise to the extreme right who wants to close Europe to immigrants.

The problem is not in doubts and fears, but lies in the way we dictate our way of thinking and behaving to such an extent that we are intolerant and closed, and perhaps unaware of racists, “he said.

“Violent conflicts and real wars are constantly tearing apart humanity, followed by injustice and discrimination … and often the poorest and most disadvantaged are paying for it.”

“Attacks on migrants are the alarm bells that warn us against a decline in moral values,” he warned.

“This is not just about immigrants: we must not exclude anyone, the present world is growing increasingly elitist and cruel with the marginalized,” he said, making the defense of the disadvantaged one of his most important messages.

The second World Migrants and Refugees Day will be observed on 29 September.

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