The Pope has proclaimed that the theme for 2016 World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be all about accepting migrants and refugees with open arms and open hearts, to say nothing of open wallets and open borders. The Pope is calling on the citizens of providing nations (the European Union and the United States) to be generous and to treat all migrants with brotherly love.
These are audacious requests of understanding for migrants who have committed unthinkable acts of murder and rape, only most recently in Cologne, Germany, on New Year’s Eve. The Pope took time to highlight the hardships faced by exploited and repressed migrants journeying from countries like Syria, which suffer from civil war and insurrectionist occupation by ISIS, but offered little insight into the practicalities of handling the massive socio-economic upheavals faced by accepting nations.
Read more about the Pope’s message on page 2.