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“We need a respectful, mutual listening, free of ideology and predetermined agendas.” Pope Francis, Let us Dream, December 2020

Walls aren’t answer to people fleeing war, pope says

Closing doors to immigrants and refugees is not the answer – in fact, it only helps encourage the crime of human trafficking, Pope Francis said.

“The only way for resolution is through solidarity,” where everyone pitches in because “all together we are a powerful force of support for those who have lost their homeland, family, work and dignity,” he said at his weekly general audience on 26th October.

In his talk, the pope continued his series of reflections on the works of mercy, focusing on welcoming the stranger and clothing the naked.

He said clothing the naked is about caring for those whose dignity has been stripped from them and helping restore and protect that dignity.

So in addition to providing clothing to those in need, be on the lookout for and ready to help victims of human trafficking and those – including children – whose bodies are being bought and sold like some kind of commodity, he said.

Picture: Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 26th October. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).