Pope to migrants: You are at the centre of the ChurchÔÇÖs heart

Pope Francis addressed the ongoing phenomenon of mass migration on Saturday, during a meeting with migrants at the diocesan Caritas centre in Rabat.

"A wound that cries to heaven"

The Pope said the encounter gave him ÔÇ£the chance once more to express my closeness to all of you, and together with you to discuss a great and deep wound that continues to afflict our world at the beginning of this twenty-first century. A wound that cries out to heavenÔÇØ.

In his address, Pope Francis spoke about the Global Compact, adopted at an Intergovernmental Conference held in Marrakech in December 2018. He stressed the importance of the document as ÔÇ£an important step forward for the international communityÔÇØ, saying the Compact helps us see that ÔÇ£it is not just about migrantsÔÇØ, but about the face we want to give our society, and about the value of human lifeÔÇØ.

At the centre of the Church's heart

Speaking directly to the migrants present, the Holy Father said, ÔÇ£You are not the marginalized; you are at the centre of the ChurchÔÇÖs heartÔÇØ.

Pope Francis suggested four words  welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating  which he said, can help us find shared strategies to create spaces for conferring dignity. These four words form a frame of reference for us all, he said. For we are all involved in this effort and all of us are needed in the work of building a more dignified, safe, and fraternal life.

Every person has a right to the future 

Concluding his address, Pope Francis once again addressed migrants directly. ÔÇ£Dear migrant friends, the Church is aware of the sufferings that accompany your journey, and she suffers with youÔÇØ, he said. ÔÇ£Every human being has the right to lifeÔÇØ, the Pope insisted, ÔÇ£every person has the right to dream and to find his or her rightful place in our ÔÇÿcommon homeÔÇÖ!ÔÇØ

ÔÇ£Every person has a right to the futureÔÇØ.

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