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Pope urges Europe to stand in solidarity with migrants amid new crisis | World news


ROME (AP) – Pope Francis has renewed his call for Europe to welcome and show solidarity with migrants, saying that the diversity they bring to the continent renews European cities as a “beautiful mosaic, which should not not be marked or corrupted by prejudice or hatred. “

Francis did not mention the latest migration crisis on Poland’s eastern border during a meeting with European Catholic missionary groups attending a meeting of the Migrantes Foundation of the Italian Bishops’ Conference. Hundreds and possibly thousands of asylum seekers, most of them from the Middle East, have gathered along Belarus’s border with Poland as the political stalemate between the two countries escalates.

François directed most of his remarks towards the history of Italian migration, recalling his own history as a descendant of Italian immigrants in Argentina. But he said that history clearly shows that Europe is a common home for many, and he called on Europe to “revitalize its vocation to solidarity and subsidiarity today”.

“Even the Church in Europe cannot fail to consider the millions of Italian and foreign emigrants who are renewing the face of cities and countries,” he declared. The dream of a united and diverse Europe “is a beautiful mosaic, which must not be marked or corrupted by prejudices or a veiled hatred of respectability”.

François often insisted on the need for European countries to welcome and integrate potential refugees and brought with him a dozen Syrian Muslims when he visited a refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece, in 2016. François must return to Lesbos early. next month.

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