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The Migrant Crisis Is “the Greatest Tragedy Since World War II,” Says the Pope

During Today’s General Audience, the Holy Father Greeted the Participants in the Migrantes Meeting for Directors, Encouraging Them to Continue in Their Commitment to the Displaced and Refugees

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“Let’s not forget that this problem of refugees, of migrants today is the greatest tragedy since that of World War II,” said the Pope this morning, March 22, 2017, at the end of the catechesis of the General Audience, greeting the participants in meeting Direttori Migrantes.
Francis encouraged them “to continue in their commitment to the reception and hospitality of the displaced and of refugees, fostering their integration, taking account of the mutual rights and duties of the one who receives and the one who is received.”
Remembering the World Day for Down Syndrome, the Pontiff also greeted the young people with Down Syndrome of the Diocese of Ascoli Piceno, as well as personnel of Italian businesses present at the audience.
The Holy Father then reminded that next Saturday, March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord to the Virgin Mary is celebrated. “Dear young people – he said – be able to listen to the will of God like Mary; dear sick, do not get discouraged in the more difficult moments, knowing that the Lord does not give a cross that is beyond one’s strength; and you, dear newlyweds, build your marital life on the solid rock of the Word of God.”

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