Vatican City, 19 January 2014 (VIS) – Following the Angelus prayer, the Pope commented that today is World Day of Migrants and Refugees, a theme he explored in his message “Migrants and Refugees: towards a better world”, published a month ago.
“I offer a special greeting to the different ethnic communities gathered here”, he said, “in particular the Catholic communities in Rome. … You are close to the heart of the Church, because the Church is a people journeying towards the Kingdom of God, which Jesus Christ has brought among us. Do not lose hope for a better world! I hope that you may live in peace in your host countries, while safeguarding the values of your cultures of origin”.
Pope Francis also thanked those who work with migrants, “welcoming them and accompanying them in difficult moments, to defend them from those that the Blessed Scalabrini defined as 'brokers of human flesh', who seek to make slaves of migrants. I especially wish to thank the Congregation of Missionaries of St. Charles, the Scalabrinian fathers and sisters who do great good to the Church and become migrants with the migrants”.
“In this moment let us think of the many migrants and refugees, and of their suffering, their life, so often without work, without documents, and with great pain; and let us pray together for the migrants and refugees who experience more serious and difficult situations”, concluded the Pope, inviting those present to pray the Hail Mary.