Friday, September 17, 2021

Pope Francis says hospitality is greatest security against terrorism

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass for the World Youth Day at the Campus Misericordiae in Brzegi, Poland, 31 July 2016. The Holy Father Francis' five-day-long visit to Krakow is in connection with the 31st World Youth Day planned in the city from 26 - 31 July. (Cracovia, Polonia, Papa) EFE/EPA/DANIEL DAL ZENNARO

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass for the World Youth Day at the Campus Misericordiae in Brzegi, Poland, 31 July 2016. The Holy Father Francis’ five-day-long visit to Krakow is in connection with the 31st World Youth Day planned in the city from 26 – 31 July. (Cracovia, Polonia, Papa) EFE/EPA/DANIEL DAL ZENNARO

Vatican City, Sep 17 (EFE) .- Pope Francis said on Saturday that the “authentic hospitality” is the “greatest security against hateful acts of terrorism” referring to the crisis of immigration in Europe and around the world.

“Remember that authentic hospitality is a profound gospel value that nurtures love and is our greatest security against hateful acts of terrorism,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis made his remarks in a speech delivered before members of the European Confederation and World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae, who gathered in Rome to attend a conference on immigration and refugee crisis.

The Pontiff said that the world witnesses the worst humanitarian crisis since the World War II, noting that there are 65 million refugees worldwide and have “inalienable right to live in peace and to aspire to a better future for their sons and daughters.”

He also urged the attendees to provide help to enable the church to “respond more fully to the human tragedy of refugees through acts of mercy that promote their integration into the European context and beyond.”

“I encourage you to welcome refugees into your homes and communities, so that their first experience of Europe is not the traumatic experience of sleeping cold on the streets, but one of warm human welcome,” Pope Francis added.