Thursday, February 05, 2015
Pope Francis decries "inhuman" conditions for illegal immigrants on US-Mexico border
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has decried the "inhuman" conditions facing migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and has encouraged communities there not to judge people by stereotypes but welcome migrants and work to end discrimination.
Francis made the appeal in a letter to a Jesuit priest who helps organize Catholic teens in Nogales, Arizona, to support the Kino Border Initiative, which advocates a more humane solution to migration. The letter was dated Dec. 19 but was made public on Kino's website recently.
"These young people - who have come to learn how to strive against the propagation of stereotypes, from people who only see in immigration a source of illegality, social conflict and violence - can contribute much to show the world a church without borders," Francis wrote.
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