Pope Francis is calling on Catholics to end “aggressive nationalism,” and welcome migrants without prejudice for “natives and foreigners, residents and guests.”
In his message to migrants, Francis lamented that the pandemic had shown that the world is “fragmented, wounded and disfigured,” the Associated Press reported on Thursday.
The human race “is crumbling and cracking due to myopic and aggressive forms of nationalism and radical individualism,” he said.
The Pope urged disciples to be more “Catholic” in their attitude toward migrants and refugees, a message he has espoused since his papacy began.
His open arms policy for foreigners has manifested in moments of cheer, too, as in 2019 when his holiness took a group of displaced children from Libya on a joyride in the popemobile.
“Ours must be a personal and collective commitment that cares for all our brothers and sisters who continue to suffer,” Francis said on Thursday.
“A commitment that makes no distinction between natives and foreigners, residents and guests, since it is a matter of a treasure we hold in common.”