In his traditional New Year address in St. Peters Square, Pope Francis criticised the “empty chatter and loud shouting” of contemporary public discourse and defended the rights of migrants.
On Monday, the pope praised those who have made “long and dangerous” journeys in an attempt to achieve a better future, saying that “Migrants and refugees: men and women seeking peace, this is the motto of this day.”
The Pope said: “Please do not extinguish the hope in their hearts; we do not suffocate their peace expectations. It is important that everyone, civil institutions, educational, welfare and ecclesial realities are committed to ensuring refugees, migrants and everyone a future of peace.”
“I would like once again to raise my voice for these brothers and sisters, who seek a horizon of peace for their future,” the Pope said.
“To find this peace, which is the right of all, many of them are willing to risk their lives in a journey which, in most cases, is long and dangerous, facing hardships and suffering,” he said. “May we not extinguish hope in their hearts… may we not stifle their expectations of peace.”
In 2017, Francis traveled to Myanmar and Bangladesh, where the plight of minority Rohingya Muslims has garnered international condemnation amid allegations of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar’s southern western Rakhine state. More than 620,000 Rohingya have become refugees- with many seeking refuge in Bangladesh — since violence broke out last August.
With all due respect to the Pope, I suggest that he leaves matters of state, especially in a region in which the Catholic church has few followers, to the people of the region. After all, he is a Pope, not a politician! If the pope wants to fight for migrants then he should bring a hundred thousand or so into the Vatican.
It does speak of hypocrisy when the pope who lives behind closed walls in the richest city in the world wants to tell the rest of us to open our arms to the masses of immigrants and refugees. Where are his charity and his faith that they won’t hurt him or turn his country into a third world broken …suck on the teet of welfare in our country that is already broke. How much more can we sustain? It is time to take care of America first and get us back on our feet so we can afford to help others.
So, stick to matters of the faith and leave the politics out of the church.
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