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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, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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