Pope Francis to Jesuit alumni: ‘Hospitality and mercy against the drama of immigration’

Refugees and migrants are more than statistics, Pope Francis told members of the European Confederation and World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae; they are no different than our own family and friends. The Jesuit group had been participating in a conference in Rome this week entitled “Global Migration and Refugee Crisis: Time to Contemplate and Act”. In the face of tens of thousands of persons forcibly displaced worldwide, the Pope stressed that it is important to move beyond the statistics, and realize that migrants and refugees “are no different than our own family members and friends.” “Each of them has a name, a face, and a story,” the Holy Father said,” as well as an inalienable right to live …


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