Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Migrants aren't numbers, pope says (3)

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Vatican City, June 14 - Migrants are not numbers but
people in "need of constant protection, regardless of their
migration status", Pope Francis said Thursday.
The pontiff said that when it comes to the issue of migration
"not only numbers are at stake but people, with their history,
culture, feelings and aspirations".
"These people, who are our brothers and sisters, need
constant protection, regardless of their migration status".
"All of them hope that we have the courage to tear down the
wall of that comfortable and silent complicity that worsens
their situation of neglect", the pope also said.
Francis called for a "change of mentality" on migrants.
"It is necessary to change mentality - to move from
considering someone as a threat to our comfort to appreciating
others who, with their life experiences and values, can bring a
lot and contribute to the richness of our society", the pope
told participants of 'Holy See-Mexico talks on international
migration'.
"For this reason, a fundamental attitude is to approach
others to embrace them, get to know them and recognize them",
the pontiff also said.

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