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As the midterm elections loom several days away, Pope Francis has expressed his support for the 14,000 people in the migrant caravan headed for the United States southern border.

According to Vatican documents, Pope Francis expressed his support for the caravan on Monday while addressing the participants of the XV General Chapter of the Congregation of the Missionaries of San Carlo.

Much of the Holy Father’s speech focused on the virtue of welcoming the stranger and how nations need to foster this virtue or risk their own demise.

“It’s easier to welcome a stranger than to be welcomed, and you have to do both,” said Pope Francis. “You must teach, help welcome the stranger, and give all the possibilities to the nations that have everything or enough to use these four words that you have said. How to welcome a foreigner.”

Pope Francis noted how he was such a stranger with his family in Argentina, which he held up as an example. “Argentina has this experience of welcoming, because there was work and it was also needed. And Argentina — for my experience — is a cocktail of migratory waves,” he said.

Such a policy, Pope Francis says, is a social good because migrants “build a country.”

“Migrants build a country; how they built Europe,” Pope Francis said. “Because Europe was not born this way, Europe has been made by many waves of migration over the centuries.”

Should a nation reject migrants out of its own “well-being,” Pope Francis said that would be “suicidal,” noting Europe’s demographic winter which is the result of a secularized continent that largely rejects Church teaching on sexuality.

He later held up the “caravan traveling from Honduras to the United States’ as an example of migrants moving together in a “community.” He does not acknowledge that such a migratory wave reduces individuals into a crowd, making it difficult for government agencies to properly vet the people flowing into the country. It’s as if the sight of a person moving as just another member in a faceless crowd rather than a divine individual is something beautiful to behold.

Another phenomenon of migrants – let’s think of the caravan that goes from Honduras to the United States – is to pile up . The migrant usually tries to go in groups. Sometimes it has to go alone, but it is normal to pile up, because we feel stronger in migration. And there is the community. In football there is the possibility of a ‘free agent,’ that can move according to the opportunities, but from you there is no possibility, the ‘free agent’ from you fail. Always the community. Always in the community, because your vocation is precisely for migrants who pile up. Feel migrants. Feel, yes, migrants facing needs, migrants before the Lord, migrants among you. And for this the need to pile up.

As of now, the caravan that began in Honduras has swollen to 14,000 people, some of whom are gang members and criminals. The U.S. military will deploy 800 soldiers to meet the caravan should the people “pile up” at the southern border.

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28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. Margaret V Stoltzfus

    November 2, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I wish we could pile them up at the Vatican. I think we would see how Christ-like this pope is. Maybe he should follow what he preaches.

    • BWH

      November 4, 2018 at 12:32 am

      I think the President would be happy to provide air transportation for as many as want to go to live at the Vatican City.

  2. William Pinamonti

    November 2, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Why doesn’t the good father practice what he preaches and tear down the walls of the Vatican and take in some of these good people looking for peace and a good home and jobs!! Billy P.————-

  3. PATTI Burt

    November 2, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    DISGUSTING OLD MAN

  4. pjt

    November 2, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    This Pope needs to stick to tending to people’s spiritual needs and keep his mouth shut about what’s happening with illegal immigrants in the USA or any other country for that matter.

  5. Cyn

    November 2, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Pope Francis I respect you as the leader of my church; but ONLY because you are the leader of my church. I suggest that YOU know nothing about safety of an entire country as you live quite comfortably now behind a tall WALL and surrounded by protection. You want to help these so call refugees, request that they join YOU at the Vatican. YOU should stay OUT of politics and stick to matters of the FAITH ONLY!!!!

    • Bill Urdanick

      November 2, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      you will go to hell for those remarks…don’t you understand who He represents?

  6. Angela H

    November 2, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    All true and all beside the point! Migrants should come in legally – not crashing fences and throwing molotov cocktails. They should be vetted – both for criminal background and disease. This is how it was done back in the day when his family and ours came into new countries.

  7. Pat

    November 2, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    He needs to put them on planes and fly them to Vatican City; tear down the walls there, and provide for them. Put your money where your mouth is, Pope Francis!!!!!!

  8. Geyguy

    November 2, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Let them crash the 22 foot Vatican walls and see what type of force is used.

  9. Scot

    November 2, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Why don’t you bring All the males to the Vatican So All y’all MF’ers Can Sleep with them, feed them & house all of them since you Love them so much, your Not a Pope your the Anti Christ !!!

    • Marlitt Arnouville

      November 3, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      The nerve of this man who refuses to take a stance on the sexual abuse!! Evil,Evil

  10. El

    November 2, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Yes, the migrants should migrate to the Vatican and see what happens there. If you can’t come in legally, go back or try another country.

  11. J POLLS

    November 2, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    STFU YOU DIRTY OLD MAN. CONTROL YOUR PRIESTS SO THEY DON’T MOLEST ANY MORE CHILDREN. THAT IS YOUR JOB YOU DIRTY OLD POS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Marlitt Arnouville

      November 3, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      My exact thoughts! The nerve of the man who hides child molesters and avoids taking a stance on abuse!!

  12. Aneriproud

    November 2, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Leader and protector of pedifiles should open the doors to the vatican and tear down his walls. You gotta love a hypocrite

  13. Jerry

    November 2, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    I have been to Vatican City, and know how tight their security is when you go through the gate! He needs to send his private plane to Mexico and fill it to the brim and take them to his City and welcome them as they push through the gates! Back up his words with his deeds!

  14. James Kelly

    November 2, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Shut up priest.

  15. dostaboy

    November 2, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    I doubt this Pope will house any of them in the Vatican…and I’m Catholic!

    • Rocky

      November 2, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      Pope Francis is a political Pope, not a religious Pope. This is why he was chosen to be Pope.

  16. Starok

    November 2, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    There is prophesy that he is the last Pope. That makes me think that he is actually a potential candidate for Anti-Christ as we are surely in the last days.

  17. FAST EDDIE

    November 2, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I’m glad I left the Catholic Church and don’t have to be under a pope’s influence and be embarrassed by actions like this. “Take down the wall”. He has a wall. I’ll bet he would not let any of the caravan in Vatican City to live. Oh yeah, the Catholic Church does not operate scripturally.

  18. Diana

    November 2, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    The Vatican is the richest organization in the world. The pope could easily pay for relocation of all in the caravan. Let him deal with the murderers, drug dealers, child traffickers, and then we will see how far his compassion extends. Most people in ivory towers ( like some of AMERICA’s movie ‘stars’) sit in glorious isolation with more $ than they know what to do with, and speak their feeble thoughts on subjects they know absolutely nothing about. And PLEASE will all those ignorant people threatening to leave, GO and never come back.

  19. Ray

    November 2, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Well Mr. Pope, why don’t you pay their way over to your country and take care of them. Easy for you to say these things when it’s not your country.

  20. errollus

    November 2, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    This is some weird kind of pope.

  21. Synickel

    November 3, 2018 at 12:39 am

    This guy want to rule America and the world really badly.

  22. Gloria Johnston

    November 3, 2018 at 1:02 am

    I really don’t think that you should be encouraging folks to immigrate illegally especially since you have big walls around the Vatican and armed security. Absurd hypocrisy.

  23. terry fisher

    November 3, 2018 at 10:37 am

    He said that because he doesn’t want them in Rome.

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