Pope calls on nations to ‘open hearts and doors’ to refugees

Catholic Voices Comment

refugee-river-gallery031418In a direct appeal to the compassion of wealthy nations, Pope Francis yesterday described how hungry and cold migrants were being shut out from nations which had closed their hearts to their plight, likening them to exiled Israelites who felt abandoned by God.

“Today’s migrants who suffer the cold, are without food. They cannot enter. They do not feel welcome,” he said at his General Audience, adding: “It really pleases me when I hear and see that nations, authorities open the heart and open the doors!”

MCEDONIA RIVERThe Pope was speaking after distressing pictures of exhausted migrants attempting to ford a river into Macedonia were broadcast this week. The migrants, who were turned away,  included the elderly, disabled in wheelchairs and small children.

More than a million migrants and refugees fleeing war sought entry into Europe last year, one of the largest population displacements in history. The influx has prompted countries on the main migration corridor through the Balkans to close their borders…

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