Vatican City, July 8 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis today reiterated the call to solidarity with migrants under the precept that the encounter with one’s neighbor is an encounter with Christ.
It is he who knocks at our door hungry, thirsty, unknown, naked, sick, imprisoned, asking to be received and helped, asking to disembark, said the supreme pontiff in the homily of the Eucharistic celebration he presided over on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of his visit to the island of Lampedusa.
And if we still have some doubts, here is his clear word: ‘Truly I say to you: whatever has been done to one of these least brothers of mine, has been done to me,’ he indicated.
Everything they have done …’ in good or in evil, exclaimed Francis, who underlined that ‘this warning is of burning importance today’ and added that ‘we must all use it as a fundamental point in our examination of conscience, in what we do every day.
I think – he said – of Libya, of the detention camps, of the abuse and violence to which migrants are subjected on their journeys of hope, rescue and rejection.
The Pope visited Lampedusa, an island closely linked by its geographical location to the migratory flows through the Mediterranean Sea, on July 8, 2013, to pay tribute to those who died attempting the crossing and to those who help and welcome the migrants, during which he criticized “the globalization of indifference”.
(Taken from PL)