Pope Francis waves as he arrives for his weekly general audience


Francis Calls on International Community to Prevent Forced Migrations

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Pope Francis today remembered refugees, and called on the international community to come to their aid. The remembrance comes several days before the UN’s World Refugee Day Campaign.

The Holy Father’s call was made at the conclusion of his weekly General Audience today at St. Peter’s Square.

“We pray for so many brothers and sisters who seek refuge far from their land; who look for a home where they can live without fear, so that they will always be respected in their dignity,” he said.

“I encourage the work of all those who provide aid to them and I hope that the International Community will act in an agreed and effective way to prevent the causes of forced migrations.”

According to the UN Refugee Agency, the World Refugee Day “aims to bring the public closer to the story, showing refugees as ordinary people living in extraordinary circumstances.”

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Junno Arocho Esteves

Newark, New Jersey, USA Bachelor of Science degree in Diplomacy and International Relations.

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