Skip to content
Deacon Keith Fournier Hi reader, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Pope Francis to migrants: The Church suffers with you

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

By (CNA/EWTN)
4/1/2019 (6 months ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Immigrants are an important part of the Church and she is aware of the ways they have and are suffering, Pope Francis said to a group of African migrants Saturday.

Highlights

By (CNA/EWTN)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
4/1/2019 (6 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Pope Francis, migrants, Church suffers


Rabat, Morocco, (CNA) - "You are not the marginalized; you are at the center of the Church's heart," the pope said March 30. "The Church is aware of the sufferings that accompany your journey and she suffers with you."

Francis is visiting Morocco March 30-31, where he met with a group of about 80 immigrants at the Caritas center of the Archdiocese of Rabat.

From several African countries, most of the immigrants present at the center for the pope's visit are only in Morocco temporarily while they wait to try to get to Europe. Caritas helps them with food and to find jobs and accommodation.

"In reaching out to you in your very different situations, [the Church] is concerned to remind you that God wants us all to live our lives to the full. The Church wants to be at your side to help you achieve the very best for your life," he said.

The pope noted that there has already been a lot of positive steps taken in the face of the modern immigration crisis, especially in developed countries.

But he also warned that the progress of society cannot be measured just by technological or economic advances. "It depends above all on our openness to being touched and moved by those who knock at our door," he said.

"We know that it is not easy '" for those who arrive and for those who receive them '" to encounter a foreign culture, to put ourselves in the shoes of people quite different from ourselves, to understand their thoughts and their experiences," Francis said. "As a result, we often refuse to encounter the other and raise barriers to defend ourselves."

But faces of those in need "shatter and debunk all those false idols that can take over and enslave our lives," he added, "idols that promise an illusory and momentary happiness blind to the lives and sufferings of others."

A city without the capacity for compassion is "arid and inhospitable," "a heartless society... a barren mother," he said.

Pope Francis encouraged a "promotion" of migrants within a culture and society and condemned their collective expulsion, which he said does not consider individual cases.

Promoting migrants begins, he said, "with the recognition that no human being is worthy of being discarded, but rather should be seen as a potential source of personal, cultural and professional enrichment in whatever place they find themselves."

"Host communities will be enriched if they learn how best to appreciate and utilize the contribution made by migrants, while working to forestall all forms of discrimination and xenophobia," he stated.

Addressing migrants directly, the pope said everyone should be involved in the effort of building a more dignified and fraternal life: "I like to think that the very first volunteer, assistant, rescuer or friend of a migrant is another migrant who knows at first hand the sufferings of the journey."

Francis emphasized that "every human being has the right to life, every person has the right to dream and to find his or her rightful place in our 'common home!' Every person has a right to the future."

"May the Lord, who during his earthly life experienced in his own flesh the suffering of exile, bless each one of you. May he give you the strength needed never to lose heart and always be for one another a 'safe haven' of welcome and acceptance," he concluded.


Comments


More Middle East

Bishops in Middle East urge prayer for northern Syria Watch

Image of Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al Ayn during the Turkish offensive against Kurdish groups in northeastern Syria Oct. 17 2019 as seen from Turkey.

Bishops in Syria and Iraq have called for worldwide prayer as fighting between Turkish and Kurdish forces further destabilizes northern ... continue reading


Moroccan king pardons woman who procured abortion, those who participated Watch

Image of Dr. Mohammed Jamal Belkeziz leaves the prison in Sale Oct 16 2019. He was pardoned after being sentenced to two years imprisonment for performing an abortion.

Morocco's king pardoned Wednesday a journalist, her fiance, and the medical team who last month were found guilty of procuring and ... continue reading



Syrian Christians face new threat from Turkey, human rights group warns Watch

Image of

Endangered Christian populations in the Middle East face renewed risks as the United States removes troops from Syria, a leading human ... continue reading


How a Palestinian village sheds light on the drama of Christians in the Holy Land Watch

Image of

Jifna is a Palestinian village in the West Bank, just 5 miles north of Ramallah - the de facto capital of the Palestinian Authority - and ... continue reading


Pompeo meets pope to discuss religious freedom, Middle East Christians Watch

Image of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Pope Francis met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the preservation of Christian communities in the Middle East and the ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.