Pope Francis warns of migrant children falling prey to 'racist and xenophobic attitudes'
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/16/2014 (2 years ago)
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As hundreds of thousands of migrant children from Central and South American continue to flood the United States across the border of Texas, Pope Francis is calling for help and concrete solutions. Speaking at the Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretariat yesterday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin presented a letter from the pontiff that sought compassion for the children from the world community.
Pope Francis is calling for help and concrete solutions tot he plight of migrant children now flooding U.S. borders.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In a speech attended by clergy and the foreign ministers of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the Pope's message was read by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to Mexico.
"I wish to also call attention to the tens of thousands of children that emigrate alone, unaccompanied to escape violence and poverty," Pope Francis said in the message, which was dated July 11.
"This is the category of migrants from Central America and Mexico itself that cross the United States' border under extreme conditions and pursuing a hope that, for the majority, will be in vain. This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected.
"Many people forced to emigrate suffer and often die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes."
The Pope also called on others to spread the word on the risks of migrating along with a commitment to developing the poor countries of Central America.
The Vatican's secretary of state in the meantime has pledged full support for efforts being made to address the issue. Speaking at the Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretariat, Cardinal Pietro Parolin repeated a recent call made by bishops from five countries for Catholics - as well as society at large to lend a helping hand for the thousands of young migrants traveling through Mexico and often arriving unaccompanied in the United States.
"Given these migratory facts, we urgently need to overcome primitive misgivings and again propose common strategies at the sub-regional, regional and world levels that include all sectors of society," Cardinal Parolin said. The cardinal's speech was attended by clergy and the foreign ministers of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
"Their numbers grow daily exponentially," he said of the Central Americans abandoning their countries. "Whether they travel for reasons of poverty, violence or the hope of uniting with families on the other side of the border, it is urgent to protect and assist them, because their frailty is greater and they're defenseless, they're at the mercy of any abuse or misfortune."
Cardinal Parolin has traveled to Mexico at a time when countries in the region are facing an increase in the number of Central American migrants not seen in decades. U.S. officials, confronted by the sudden huge influx are having difficulties properly processing those arriving at their border.
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