“It is necessary to put an end to the return of migrants to unsafe countries and to prioritize saving human lives at sea by means of rescue and disembarkation devices, ensuring decent living conditions for them, alternatives to detention, regular migration routes and access to asylum procedures,” His Holiness Pope Francis said in his salutation after a prayer. evangelism
After the Angelus was recited, His Holiness Pope Francis greeted the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square and said, “Dear brothers and sisters, I express my closeness to the thousands of migrants, refugees and others in need of protection in Libya: I will never forget you; I hear your cries and I pray for you.
Many of these men, women and children are subjected to inhuman violence. I once again ask the international community to fulfill its promises to search for common, concrete and lasting solutions to manage migratory flows in Libya and throughout the Mediterranean. How painful are these outcasts!
There are some real concentration camps out there. It is essential to put an end to the return of migrants to unsafe countries and to prioritize saving human lives at sea with rescue and disembarkation devices, ensuring decent living conditions, alternatives to detention, regular migration routes and access to asylum procedures. Let us all feel responsible for these brothers and sisters who have been living for many years as victims of this dangerous situation. We will pray for them in silence.
Yesterday in Brescia, the Holy Father continued, the beatification of Sister Lucia dell’Immacolata, a nun of Ancelle della Carità, was announced. A meek and hospitable woman, she died in 1954 at the age of 45, after a life spent serving others even when disease had weakened her body but not her soul.
Today in Rimini, medical student Sandra Sabatini, who died at the age of 22 in a car accident, will be beatified. A cheerful girl, moved by great love and daily prayer, she devoted herself zealously to the service of the most vulnerable in the footsteps of the gift of the servant of God, Father Oreste Pinzi.
Pope Francis concluded by saying that today, on World Missionary Day, let us look at these two new Blessed as witnesses who proclaimed the Gospel with their lives. With gratitude I extend my greetings to the many missionaries – priests, monks, nuns and lay faithful – who, in the first ranks, give their energies to the service of the Church, and personally pay – sometimes at a heavy price – the price of their martyrdom. And they do this not to procure, but to bear witness to the gospel in their lives in lands that do not know Jesus.