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We can no longer speak of migrants only to “arouse primal fears”. It is one of the key passages of Francis’ long speech to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, returning once again to one of the tragedies of our time for which he asked to overcome “closures and exclusions”. Next Sunday, January 14th, the Pope will celebrate a mass in the Vatican Basilica on the occasion of World Migrant and Refugee Day. A further gesture of attention towards “those members, groups and categories of the human family that today are most in need and that the world tends to neglect”, as noted by Father Michael Czerny, the Czechoslovak Jesuit chosen by the Pope as undersecretary, together with the Scalabrinian Father Fabio Baggio, of the Section for Migrants and Refugees of the Department for the Service for Integral Human Development. Section led by the Pontiff at his own will.
“Where there is the body of the suffering Christ, there is Christ; and where there is Christ, there is his Church: this is the point! Czerny stressed during his interview with Vatican Insider to explain the Pope’s great attention and insistence on the migration issue. The first Bishop of Rome wrote, “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling “ (I Peter 4:9), and the Successor of Peter is repeating the same with more updated words, “In a spirit of compassion, let us embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty and environmental degradation to leave their homelands””.
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