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Migration Appeal: Pope Urges International Community to Exercise Responsibility

Recalls Global Compact for Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration approved in Marrakesh, Morocco, is intended as a framework of reference for International Community

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Pope Francis has urged the International Community to act responsibly on matters of migration.
The Holy Father did so, on the eve of his 82nd birthday, after his Angelus address Sunday, December 16, 2018in St. Peter’s Square, as he recalled the recently concluded Marrakesh Compact “for safe migration,” which took place in the Moroccan city, Dec. 10-11, 2018.
“The Global Compact for Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration,” the Holy Father recalled, “was approved last week in Marrakesh, Morocco. It is intended as a framework of reference for the International Community.”
The Pontiff underscored how this marks a call to “responsibility,” but also “solidarity” and “compassion.”
“I hope, therefore, that thanks also to this instrument, the International Community will be able to act with responsibility, solidarity and compassion towards those that, for different reasons, have left their country, and I entrust this intention to your prayers,” he said.
On December 10, 2018, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, head of the Vatican’s delegation spoke twice at Marrakesh. There was speculation the Pope would make a visit to the encounter, after having been invited; Francis has, however, accepted the Church and government’s invitation to visit Morocco on March 30-31, 2019.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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