(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has encouraged the Migrantes Foundation in their work of welcoming migrants and refugees, saying their situation is the "greatest tragedy" since the Second World War.
“I encourage you to continue your efforts of welcoming and hosting migrants and refugees, favouring their integration and taking into account the rights and mutual obligations of those who welcome them and those who are welcomed.”
The Pope called their situation a “tragedy”.
“Let us not forget that today’s problem of refugees and migrants is the greatest tragedy after that of the Second World War.”
Pope Francis' words came during his Wednesday General Audience.
The Migrantes Foundation is an arm of the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) and promotes the pastoral care of migrants and refugees arriving in Italy.