Silence and indifference to migrant crisis lead to complicity, pope says

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October 1, 2015

A migrant woman waits at the transit camp near Gevgelija, Macedonia, Sept. 29. (CNS photo/Georgi Licovski, EPA) See POPE-MIGRATION-MESSAGE Oct. 1, 2015.

A migrant woman waits at the transit camp near Gevgelija, Macedonia, Sept. 29. (CNS photo/Georgi Licovski, EPA)

ATICAN CITY (CNS) — Indifference to the crises and tragedies today’s migrants and refugees are facing lead to complicity when people remain silent or refuse to act, Pope Francis said.

Jesus’ call to welcome the stranger and show mercy is clear, the pope said in a message released at the Vatican Oct. 1.

“Yet there continue to be debates about the conditions and limits to be set for the reception of migrants, not only on the level of national policies, but also in some parish communities, whose traditional tranquility seems to be threatened,” he said.

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