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Worth a thousand words: Pope shows solidarity with immigrants


AP Photo I Andrew Medichini

Pope Francis embraces a migrant, during his weekly general audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Pope Francis on Wednesday launched a two-year activism and awareness-raising campaign about the plight of migrants to counteract mounting anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S., Europe and beyond. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 10/01/17

Pope Francis met with immigrants today—and as the image here shows (shared by Greg Burke on Twitter), he expressed personal solidarity with refugees, even donning the same wristband that they wear.



Already well known for his advocacy on behalf of compassion and welcome for immigrants, Pope Francis on Sunday called for opening humanitarian corridors for refugees in difficult situations around the world to avoid “intolerable delays and lost time that deceives.” The pontiff also called on countries to promote private and community-based programs of welcome for immigrants and refugees, at a time when some nations around the world appear to be moving towards tighter restrictions on new entries. The pope delivered an unusually personal version of his appeal on Sunday, telling a group of roughly 1,000 immigrants in the northern Italian city of Bologna that he wanted to start his brief visit to Bologna with them because many arrived having made “sacrifices that you’re not even able to talk about.

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