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>> Pope Francis inserting the Vatican into one of the most pressing political issues in Europe and the United States, on Tuesday, decrying burgeoning anti-immigrant sentiment, which he said was amplified by quote, populist rhetoric.>> What is needed is a change of attitude to overcome indifference and to counter fears with a generous approach of welcoming those who knock at our doors.
For those who flee conflicts and terrible persecutions, often trapped within the grip of criminal organizations, who have no scruples, we need to open accessible and secure humanitarian channels.>> While the pontiff did not name a specific country in his address at a conference on migration in Rome, his words may resonate in the United States.
President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning refugees from seven Muslim majority countries, and in Europe, where anti-immigrant parties are gaining popularity, as the continent struggles with more than 1.3 million migrants and refugees.>> Defending their inalienable rights, and showing their fundamental freedoms, and respecting their dignity are duties from which no one can be exempted.
>> Pope Francis is focused on the plight of migrants since 2013, when he became the spiritual leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.