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Pope calls for Christian refugee policy

It was probably so far the most notable speech of the Pope in Morocco. He held it in front of refugees in a hall of the Caritas. But it was directed rather to the politicians of the Western world.

The most modest cottage to the main message: The notice so far, most speech of his visit to Morocco, held the Pope in a simple hall of the Caritas in Rabat. Around 60 migrants and refugees from the middle and the West of Africa sat opposite Pope Francis in the small room.

"It's an opportunity for me to Express my closeness to all of you and with you a large and severe wound to oppose the beginning of the 21st century. Century more heavily loaded. It is a wound that cries out to heaven," said the Pope.

search more and more migrants and refugees in Morocco on the way to Europe, many of them, however, are beaches here, because you the money for the continuation of the journey is missing. The Caritas is taking care of these people, helps you in finding an apartment and gives them medical help.

A humble place for an important message: A Caritas-charity in the Moroccan capital Rabat.

to Record, protect, promote and integrate

Francis made his speech in front of the refugees and the helpers to a kind of Manifesto for a Christian refugee policy. A developed society, so the reminder of the Pope in the direction of Europe and North America, characterized not only by their technical and economic strength, but also by their capacity for compassion. Record, protect, promote and integrate the issue must be the guideline for a Christian politics.

"How to leave and inhospitable a city is, if you lose the capacity for compassion," the Pope continued. "A heartless society, a sterile mother. You're not an outsider, you're in the middle of the Heart of the Church."

commitment to the UN migration Pact

The migrants in the middle of a Christian policy. Francis in Rabat in Morocco at the end of last year, UN-migration Pact. This Pact contributes to a safe and orderly Migration, the Pope. It was necessary, "to give the people meat-dealers, who with the Dreams and the needs of the migrants, shops, new rooms."

at The start of his visit to Morocco, Francis had stressed again the importance of Dialogue between Christians and Muslims. Religion should not be abused to call for hatred and violence, the Pope said. In Morocco, king Mohammed stressed that radicalism is the result of ignorance, it could not be military defeated, but only through education.

More freedoms than in other Muslim countries

at The conclusion of his visit to Morocco will celebrate Pope Francis today, a fair in Rabat - in a country where Christians have more freedoms to enjoy than in other Muslim countries. King Mohammed had stressed in his speech to welcome the Pope expressly, he may see himself as the guarantor of religious freedom for the Christians in the country. Almost 10,000 people expected the local Church to the fair today - so that about half of all Catholics in Morocco would be gathered in one place.

Manifesto for migrants: Pope-speech in Morocco
Jörg Seisselberg, ARD Rome, currently in Rabat
31.03.2019 00:06 PM

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