Pope Francis held Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican Sunday, calling on the West to take in more migrants, while comparing them to Joseph and Mary.
Watch the entire Mass below via Vatican News – English:
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Middle East Eye reports:
Pope Francis in his Christmas eve mass on Sunday urged the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics not to ignore the plight of migrants who are “driven from their land” because of leaders willing to shed “innocent blood”. […]
“We see the tracks of millions of persons who do not choose to go away but, driven from their land, leave behind their dear ones.”
Many engulfed in the ongoing migration crisis were forced to flee from leaders “who, to impose their power and increase their wealth, see no problem in shedding innocent blood”, said the 81-year-old, who will give his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” Christmas address on Monday.
“So many other footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary. We see the tracks of entire families forced to set out in our own day. We see the tracks of millions of persons who do not choose to go away, but driven from their land, leave behind their dear ones,” the Pope said.
Calls for Europe continue taking in migrants comes amid the Pope condemning President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
“I make a heartfelt appeal so that all commit themselves to respecting the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations,” the Pope said in a statement.
“I cannot keep quiet about my deep concern about the situation that has been created in the last few days.”