Pope Francis on the Christmas Eve Mass asked nations to be tolerant with refugees and migrants


Francis highlighted the biblical story in a present day when the indifference of wealthy nations have resulted in millions of families languishing in squalid refugee camps. Francis noted that in Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary found a city “that had no room or place for the stranger from afar,” and which “seemed to want to build itself up by turning its back on others.”


Instead, the pope said, Jesus “comes to give all of us our document of citizenship.” “We see the tracks of millions of persons who do not choose to go away but, driven from their land, leave behind their dear ones,” he said, adding that while some seek a better life, “for many others this departure can only have one name: survival.” “Christmas is a time for turning the power of fear into the power of charity,” he  also said. Francis is the first Pope to be a member of the Jesuits, an evangelical order present in every continent which is active in advocating for refugees.


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