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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1 comment:

The Anti-Gnostic said...

"Inhuman." LOL. Perhaps Pope Hippy should go to the Arabian peninsula, and watch how they stone women for adultery. Maybe he could even baptize a convert, and see what happens. While he's over there, he can lecture Israel on its border fences and on Jewish immigration to the West Bank and Golan Heights. And the Saudis for building a border fence with Yemen.

Mexico is a Catholic country. If the poor of that country are suffering, then the Church in Mexico can care for them herself, and he can tell the Mexican government to do better by its citizens. Or he can take these people suffering these "inhuman" conditions back to Vatican City with him.

This addled Jesuit seems to have this idea of Mexico as a prison where Americans lock up Latinos. In fact, it's a fairly prosperous country with a strong middle class, eager to shed its excess mestizo and indigenous population on the US.