· In his discourse to the the Diplomatic Corps the Pontiff denounces populism and nationalism that weaken the multilateral political system ·
At the Angelus a heartfelt appeal to European leaders for the 49 refugees aboard two ships in the Mediterranean
The “challenge of migration cannot be met with a mind-set of violence and indifference, nor by offering merely partial solutions”. Addressing ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, Pope Francis again strongly denounced populism and nationalism that weaken the multilateral political system.
During his traditional audience in the Vatican with ambassadors from around the world on Monday morning, 7 January, as customary, the Pontiff reflected on the current international landscape, identifying migration as one of its main challenges. After referring to the provisional agreement between the Holy See and China on the appointment of bishops, the result of a “lengthy and thoughtful institutional dialogue” which “for the first time after so many years” brought all the Bishops in the country “in full communion with the Successor of Peter and with the universal Church”, he highlighted the “primacy of justice and law” and the need to protect the “most vulnerable”, especially refugees and migrants. “I appeal to governments to provide assistance to all those forced to emigrate on account of the scourge of poverty and various forms of violence and persecution, as well as natural catastrophes and climatic disturbances, and to facilitate measures aimed at permitting their social integration in the receiving countries”, Pope Francis said.
He also called on the international community “to prevent individuals from being constrained to abandon their families and countries, and to allow them to return safely and with full respect for their dignity and human rights”.
Pope Francis had previously addressed this same issue at the Angelus on the Solemnity of the Epiphany when he brought attention to the “49 people saved in the Mediterranean Sea” who for days “have been aboard two NGO ships, seeking a safe port to disembark”, and made a “heartfelt appeal to European leaders that they demonstrate concrete solidarity” with them.
St. Peter’s Square
Feb. 21, 2020
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