quarta-feira, 26 de novembro de 2014

Pope: "we cannot tolerate that the Mediterranean Sea becomes a huge graveyard"

Pope Francis left a series of messages to Europe, coming out in defense of immigrants and workers, in the first visit by a Pontiff to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, since John Paul II in 1988.

The leader of the Catholic Church stated the need for "a joint response to the issue of immigration" and left a warning: "we cannot tolerate that the Mediterranean Sea becomes a huge graveyard".

For Francis, "Europe will be able to tackle immigration problems if it is able to clearly state their cultural identity and come up with appropriate laws which might, at the same time, protect the rights of European citizens and ensure the reception of immigrants".

In relation to the European Union, the Pope considered that, in recent years, "has been growing distrust of public institutions". Therefore, "the great ideals which inspired Europe appear to have lost their force of attraction, in favor of bureaucratic technicality" which threatens to reduce the human being to a "mere" gear.

For the Argentine Pope is high time a Europe that "don't turn around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person".

Before returning to the Vatican, Francisco spoke in the Council of Europe. By the end of the week is scheduled a papal visit, long-awaited, to Turkey.

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