Vatican City, Jul 8, 2019 / 03:56 am
Pope Francis called Monday for an end to the rhetoric which views migrants as something 'other,' saying they are human beings and among those Christ has commanded his disciples to love and assist.
"They are persons; these are not mere social or migrant issues!" he said July 8. "'This is not just about migrants,' in the twofold sense that migrants are first of all human persons, and that they are the symbol of all those rejected by today's globalized society."
In a homily, the pope said his thoughts "go out to those 'least ones' who daily cry out to the Lord, asking to be freed from the evils that afflict them."
"These least ones are abandoned and cheated into dying in the desert; these least ones are tortured, abused and violated in detention camps; these least ones face the waves of an unforgiving sea; these least ones are left in reception camps too long for them to be called temporary," he stated.