World Pope Francis calls treatment of migrants ‘criminal’ in unscripted...

Pope Francis calls treatment of migrants ‘criminal’ in unscripted remarks

-

- Advertisment -


A handout picture provided by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis leading the recitation of the Sunday Regina Coeli prayer from the window of his office overlooking St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City in May. File Photo by Vatican Media/EPA-EFE

Oct. 9 (BP) — Pope Francis on Sunday called the treatment of migrants seeking refuge in Europe “criminal” in unscripted remarks in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday.

The pope’s comments came as he canonized two new saints, Bishop Giovanni Battista Scalabrini and Salesian brother Artemide Zatti, according to the Vatican’s press agency Vatican News.

“Indeed, the exclusion of migrants is criminal, it makes them die in front of us,” Francis said.

“Today we have the Mediterranean which is the largest cemetery in the world. The exclusion of migrants is sickening, it is sinful, it is criminal.”

Migrants have braved treacherous waters to seek asylum in Europe in recent years as human rights groups have decried the treatment of migrants in Europe.

In December, at least 16 asylum seekers died when a smuggling boat carrying them in the Aegean Sea capsized, prompting a large-scale Greek military search and rescue operation. Another 140 died just months previously in a shipwreck off the coast of Senegal.

Francis also prayed for an end to the threat of nuclear warfare after comments from President Joe Biden warning of “Armageddon” amid Russia’s war in Ukraine, which has also led to a refugee crisis in Europe and criticism of the disparity in how Ukrainians are treated compared to other migrant groups.

“We should not forget the danger of nuclear war that menaced the world right at that time,” Francis said, referring to the beginning of the Second Vatican Council 60 years ago.

“Even at that moment, there were conflicts and huge tensions, but the way of peace was chosen.”

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

At least seven killed by gunman in East Jerusalem synagogue attack

World News // 4 hours ago Record rainfall paralyzes New Zealand's north island Jan. 27 (BP) -- A state...

ICC will reopen investigation into Philippines’ deadly drug war

The International Criminal Court announced that it would allow its prosecutors to reopen an investigation into...

9 Palestinians killed, many injured in Israeli raid on West Bank

Mourners carry bodies of Palestinians killed during clashes with Israeli troops in Jenin, West Bank, on...

11 killed as Russia launches new missile strikes in Ukraine

1/4 Russian strikes targeted energy infrastructure and killed 11 people on Thursday, according to Ukrainian officials. EPA-EFE/Sergey...
- Advertisement -

Germany announces treason arrest, says suspect gave info to Russia

The German Federal Public Prosecutor's Office Thursday said a second man has been arrested for alleged...

How you can Uninstall Avast From Apple pc

If you're using Avast in your Mac, you might have noticed that it might slow down any system....

Must read

At least seven killed by gunman in East Jerusalem synagogue attack

World News // 4 hours ago Record rainfall paralyzes...

ICC will reopen investigation into Philippines’ deadly drug war

The International Criminal Court announced that...
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you