• Minkejja li għad hemm ħafna mistoqsijiet u anke emozzjonijiet dwar il-kriżi tal-immigrazzjoni, il-Papa Franġisku minn dejjem kien konsistenti fi ħsibijietu: li għandna nindirizzaw malajr din il-problema, hi responsabbiltà u dover ta’ kull ċittadin, li għandna nilqgħu lir-refuġjati u nuru mħabba u ospitalità.
    Filfatt, fl-ewwel zjara tiegħu bħala Papa f’Lampedusa, meta fakkar il-vittmi tal-immigrazzjoni, il-Papa tkellem dwar “il-globalizzazzjoni tal-indifferenza”. Minn dakinhar ‘il quddiem kemm-il darba tkellem favur il-persuni li kellhom jaħarbu minn pajjiżhom minħabba gwerer u inġustizzji.
    Hawn taħt hawn 5 proposti tal-Papa Franġisku li ta’ min nirriflettu fuqhom fl-okkażjoni ta’ Jum ir-Refuġjati.
    September 19, 2016
    “Tragically, in the world today more than 65 million people were forced to leave their places of residence. This unprecedented number goes beyond imagination. The total number of refugees is now larger than the entire population of Italy!”
    February 21, 2017
    “There is a civic duty. Our commitment to migrants, displaced persons and refugees is an application of these principles and values of welcome and fraternity that constitute a common heritage of humanity and wisdom which we draw from.”
    Pope Francis doesn’t discriminate against the country of origin for the refugees either, meeting with groups in the Central African Republic, Turkey and in Syria. In addition to the political call to help, he calls on Christians to serve and even gives advice on how to welcome those fleeing.
    February 17, 2017
    “How should we receive them, how should we receive the migrants? How should migrants be welcomed? First as brothers and sisters. They are men and women like us.”
    October 26, 2016
    “Commitment from Christians is urgent. We all have the duty of welcoming our brother who flees from war, hunger, or violence, and we are called to go to those who suffer, to bring them the embrace and the mercy of God.”
    September 19, 2016
    “I encourage you therefore to welcome the refugees into your homes and communities, so that their first experience of Europe is not so traumatic as to sleep in the cold in the streets, but that of warmth and humanity. Remember that authentic hospitality is a profound Gospel value, that nurtures love and is our greatest security against the hateful acts of terrorism.”
    Sors: Rome Reports