Pope Francis invited a dozen refugees to join him on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica for his general audience to press his demand for Europe to welcome more migrants.
A dozen men ascended the steps with Francis on Wednesday and sat in front of him on the ground as he delivered his weekly catechism lesson. They carried banners of the charity that is caring for them and Vatican flags.
In his remarks, Francis said the refugees had suffered in their home countries.
Pope Francis addresses the crowd surrounded by a group of refugees attending his weekly general audience at St Peter’s square on June 22
The Pope said: ‘Please they are our brothers. A Christian excludes no one. I ask all of you: Let everyone come’
A dozen men ascended the steps with Francis on Wednesday and sat in front of him on the ground as he delivered his weekly catechism lesson
He said: ‘Please they are our brothers. A Christian excludes no one. I ask all of you: Let everyone come.’
Francis brought a dozen Syrian refugees home with him when he visited Greece in April. Recently, the Vatican brought a second group to Rome.
In a video message to an anti-death penalty congress in Norway, Francis declared: ‘The commandment `Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value and applies both to the innocent and to the guilty.’
The refugees carried banners of the charity that is caring for them and Vatican flags
Pope Francis waves as he arrives in St Peter’s Square, flanked by the refugees
Francis has gone beyond his predecessors and traditional Catholic teaching in saying there is simply no justification for the death penalty today.
He said Tuesday that rather than rendering justice, it fosters vengeance.
Church teaching allows for recourse to capital punishment when it is the only way to defend lives ‘effectively’ against an aggressor.
Francis said: ‘It must not be forgotten that the inviolable and God-given right to life also belongs to the criminal.’
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for his weekly general audience
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