Pope credits refugees for exposing 'weaknesses' of states
Migrants 'point to respect for difference'24 September, 15:58
The statement was part of his message released ahead of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees on January 19, 2014. 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.