Pope Francis has called for even more Afghan Muslim migrant-wannabes to illegally enter Christian countries across the world in commemoration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
Neonnettle During the Pontiff’s speech in Saint Peter’s Square for his weekly Angelus address, he said: “It is necessary to walk together, without prejudice and without fear, placing ourselves next to those who are most vulnerable: migrants, refugees, displaced persons, victims of trafficking, and the abandoned.”
“We are called to build an increasingly inclusive world that excludes no one,” he added. The pope added that the Church of today is called to “widen her tent to embrace everyone,” especially migrants. (How about mosques in the Arab Gulf States? No call for them to take in their fellow Muslim refugees, which virtually none of them have accepted)
Arab Gulf States do not welcome refugees, and there seems little likelihood the situation will change. The reason is the Gulf Arab states’ aversion to granting refugee status, not just to Syrians but to anybody. The main reason being that Arab Gulf countries are not signatories to the international conventions on refugee rights that Western countries and indeed most world countries have signed up for.
“There are small number of Syrians who have found refuge in the Gulf, especially in Qatar, but they would all generally be on some kind of temporary visas,” says Jane Kinninmont, deputy head of the Middle East and North Africa program at Chatham House in London.
The pope said we must “make every effort to break down the walls that separate us and, in acknowledging our profound interconnection, build bridges that foster a culture of encounter.”
“Today’s migration movements offer an opportunity for us to overcome our fears and let ourselves be enriched by the diversity of each person’s gifts.”
The pope also signaled that the bronze monument in Saint Peter’s Square was to commemorate migrants and refugees. “Before leaving the square, I invite you to approach that monument there,”he said, “and to dwell on the gaze of those people and to grasp in that gaze the hope that every migrant has today.” “We do not close the doors to their hope,” he added.
In 2019, the pope said something similar, insisting “doors must be opened” to migrants and that it is a “Christian duty” for countries to open up their borders for mass MUSLIM immigration.
“Doors must be opened, not closed,” Pope Francis said at the time.