Vatican City, Jan 15, 2017 / 05:10 am
On the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis pointed to St. Frances Cabrini as an example of how to treat foreigners, calling her a "courageous" woman who knew how to bring God's love to those who were lonely and in hardship.
After praying the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Jan. 15, Pope Francis sent a special greeting to members of different ethnic communities gathered who had gathered in honor of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
"I wish that you can live peacefully in the towns that welcome you, respecting their laws and traditions and, at the same time, maintaining the values of your cultures of origin," the Pope said, adding that "the meeting of different cultures is always an enrichment for all!"
Speaking to those who work directly with migrants, the Pope thanked them for the welcome and accompaniment they provide to newcomers, and encouraged them to continue their efforts "always remembering the example of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini," who is remembered in a special way this year, which marks the centenary of her death.