Pope Decries Fears Of Globalization; Barriers For Foreigners

tampabay.com
2018-03-12

Pope Francis rejected the branding of foreigners and poor people as enemies as he honored volunteers Sunday with a Catholic lay organization that helps Syrian war refugees reach Europe.

The pontiff spent the afternoon with the Sant'Egidio Community, which has mediated peace accords in Africa and helped war refugees make it to Italy safely. The organization is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding.

"Since your community was born, the world has become global," the pope said while addressing Sant'Egidio volunteers in the ancient Santa Maria in Trastevere Basilica, where the community has sheltered the homeless on especially cold nights.

"But for many people, especially the poor, new walls have been lifted," Francis said. "Diversity is an occasion for animosity and conflict. A globalization of solidarity and of the spirit still awaits to be built."

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