Vatican City, Sep 20, 2018 / 16:21 pm
All people have a responsibility to fight new forms of racism in the modern world, Pope Francis told more than 200 participants at a Rome-based conference this week.
"We are living in times in which feelings that many thought had passed are taking new life and spreading," the pope said Sept. 20.
The international conference on "Xenophobia, Racism and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration" concluded Thursday. It had been promoted by the Vatican's Dicastery for Integral Human Development, the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.
Addressing those present, Pope Francis warned that the modern world appears to be seeing an increase in "feelings of suspicion, fear, contempt and even hatred towards individuals or groups judged for their ethnic, national or religious identity."