Pope against 'insurmountable' migrant barriers
Francis calls for change of attitude toward refugees24 September, 19:05
"No country can singlehandedly face the difficulties associated with this phenomenon, which is now so widespread that it affects every continent in the twofold movement of immigration and emigration". Francis said that migrants often face "rejection, discrimination, trafficking and exploitation, suffering and death". He pointed out that Jesus, Mary and Joseph were forced to leave their country and become migrants and initially encountered rejection when they arrived in Bethlehem. "A change of attitude towards migrants and refugees is needed on the part of everyone, moving away from attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalization - all typical of a throwaway culture - towards attitudes based on a culture of encounter, the only culture capable of building a better, more just and fraternal world," the message read. "The communications media are themselves called to embrace this 'conversion of attitudes' and to promote this change in the way migrants and refugees are treated".
Francis has made the rights of migrants and refugees a staple of his pontificate.
In his first papal visit outside the Rome area in July, Francis traveled to a migrant processing center on the island of Lampedusa, off the coast of Sicily, to greet refugees and commemorate those who died while trying to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa.