Why are opposing sides in U.S., Europe cheering Pope on immigration?

Crux | 9/13/2017 | Staff
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ROME - It’s well-known that the filters one brings to an act of communication often determine what one gets out of it, but rarely was that principle as clearly on display as this week with reaction on different sides of the Atlantic to Pope Francis’s latest message on immigration.

In the U.S., coverage of the pope’s latest press conference on the way back to Rome from Colombia focused on Francis calling on President Donald Trump to “rethink” his decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, and questioning Trump’s ability to call himself “pro-life” because his immigration policies threaten families - in other words, as yet another strong show of support for immigrant rights.

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Yet in Italy, that’s not at all been the tenor of coverage. Instead, Italians focused on another section of the pope’s remarks in which he addressed a recent effort by the Italian government to limit the number of people departing Libya in an effort to reach Europe. After thanking Italy and Greece for their efforts to cope with the massive refugee flow, Francis started to jag on immigration in general.

“It’s a commandment of God to accept [new arrivals] because you were migrant slaves in Egypt, but a government must handle this problem with the virtue proper to a leader, [and] this means with prudence,” the pope said.

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“What does this mean? First, how many places do I have? Secondly, not only to receive them but to integrate them.”

Taken as a whole, many Italians saw the remarks as a new, more cautious and realistic line from the pontiff on immigration, one that recognizes limits and the need for “prudence.” The daily newspaper Libero, known for its hardline stance on immigration, was perhaps the most dramatic, carrying a banner page-one headline on Tuesday reading, “We’ve converted the pope!”


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