September 17, 2015
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Arriving in the United States from Cuba, Pope Francis “will enter as a migrant” as millions of people have done before him, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.
The cardinal, who will accompany the pope on his Sept. 19-27 visits to Cuba, the United States and the United Nations, said immigration will be one of the main topics of the pope’s speeches, along with the need for greater freedom for the people of Cuba and a global call for “integral ecology,” which is an approach to safeguarding all of creation, including the sanctity and dignity of human life.
Immigration will be “one of the most important themes” of the pope’s visit, the cardinal said in an interview with the Vatican television center on the eve of the trip. The United States is “a country with a long history of immigration and, at the same time, a long history of openness, welcome and integration of the various waves of immigrants who arrived.”