· In Ciudad Juárez the Pope denounces the humanitarian crisis of migrants and highlights that no border can can stop us from sharing in God's merciful love ·
“No more death! No more exploitation! There is always time to change, always a way out and always an opportunity, there is always the time to implore the mercy of God”. Pope Francis made a strong call in the final Mass he celebrated in Mexico, on Wednesday, 17 February.
“Here in Ciudad Juárez,” he said, “as in other border areas, there are thousands of immigrants from Central America and other countries, not forgetting the many Mexicans who also seek to pass over 'to the other side'. Each step, a journey laden with grave injustices: the enslaved, the imprisoned and extorted; so many of these brothers and sisters of ours are the consequence of a trade in human trafficking, the trafficking of persons.... The human tragedy that is forced migration is a global phenomenon today. This crisis which can be measured in numbers and statistics, we want instead to measure with names, stories, families. They are the brothers and sisters of those expelled by poverty and violence, by drug trafficking and criminal organizations. Being faced with so many legal vacuums, they get caught up in a web that ensnares and always destroys the poorest. Not only do they suffer poverty but they must also endure all these forms of violence. Injustice is radicalized in the young; they are 'cannon fodder', persecuted and threatened when they try to flee the spiral of violence and the hell of drugs. And what can we say about the many women whose lives have been unjustly robbed? Let us together ask our God for the gift of conversion, the gift of tears, let us ask him to give us open hearts like the Ninevites, open to his call heard in the suffering faces of countless men and women”.
St. Peter’s Square
Jan. 16, 2019
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