Pope Francis seems to be saying all the right things lately, and that trend continued today.
Pope Francis travelled to the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa and gave a speech on the need for compassion for immigrants in a globalized world.
He decided to visit Lampedusa, a haven for many African immigrants, after reading about the recent sinking of a boat that resulted in the deaths of twelve migrants.
"We have become used to the suffering of others," said Pope Francis. “Has any one of us wept for these persons who were on the boat? For the young mothers carrying their babies? For these men who were looking for a means of supporting their families?" he asked. "We are a society which has forgotten how to weep, how to experience compassion.”
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Pope Francis gave the speech in front of a crowd of mostly African immigrants, many of whom are preparing to fast for the month of Ramadan. Pope Francis' message couldn’t have been more relevant to the crowd. According to the LA Times, over 6,000 migrants have died in the waters surrounding Lampedusa since 1994.
"These our brothers and sisters seek to leave difficult situations in order to find a little serenity and peace, they seek a better place for themselves and for their families – but they found death," Pope Francis said passionately. "How many times to those who seek this not find understanding, do not find welcome, do not find solidarity!”
Pope Francis, whose own family migrated from Italy to Argentina, previously denounced the exploitation of immigrants as slavery, and said those who do nothing to help are complicit by being silent.