Pope Asks Immigrant Welfare Be Made A Priority

The Catholic News Service reported Pope Benedict XVI that asked Christians to put their faith into deeds and give priority attention to refugees and immigrants.

In his annual message for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees, which will be celebrated January 18, the Pope mentioned St. Paul, considered by Catholics as a “missionary to migrants” and said he should inspire Christians to show solidarity immigrants, specifically the victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.

“How can we fail to meet the needs of those who are de facto the weakest and most defenseless, marked by precariousness and insecurity, marginalized and often excluded by society?” the Pope asked.

He said the church’s celebration of the annual migrant day should help its members “live brotherly love to the full without making any kind of distinction and without discrimination,” remembering that “anyone who needs us and whom we can help is our neighbor.”

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