Injustice toward migrants, refugees made in complicit silence, pope says

By Catholic News Service
November 8, 2018

VATICAN CITY — The “throwaway culture” has become a pandemic today, and it leaves migrants and displaced people without a voice and at the mercy of those who exploit them, Pope Francis said.

In a message sent Nov. 2 to participants at the World Social Forum on Migrations, the pope said supporting migrants not only involves calling out injustice but also helping to “restore dignity to those who live with great uncertainty and who are unable to dream of a better world.”

“Among these last ones are migrants, refugees and the displaced who are ignored, exploited, violated and abused through the guilty silence of many,” he said.

The Nov. 2-4 conference in Mexico City was dedicated to finding ways to influence public policy “in favor of the defense of the rights of migrants and their families” and to “strengthening the dialogues between social networks and migrants,” the forum’s website stated.

Among those present were Jesuit Father Michael Czerny, undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugee Section of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development; Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes of Mexico City; and Archbishop Franco Coppola, apostolic nuncio to Mexico.


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