What did Pope Francis actually say on the crisis on the U.S.-Mexican border?

border-crisisYou simply cannot trust media outlets like the Huffington Post or CNN to faithfully transmit anything that Pope Francis says.

Thankfully, via Vatican Radio, we have the full and unedited statement by Pope Francis on the occasion of the “Mexico Holy See colloquium on human migration and development” dated on July 14, 2014, in which he addresses the crisis involving the migration of 57,000 unaccompanied minors that showed up in Texas, at the United States border with Mexico:

I would like to extend my greetings to the organizers, speakers, and participants in the “Mexico Holy See colloquium on human migration and development”.

Globalization is a phenomenon that challenges us, especially in one of its principal manifestations which is emigration. It is one of the “signs” of this time that we live in and that brings us back to the words of Jesus, “Why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” (Lk 12,57). Despite the large influx of migrants present in all continents and in almost all countries, migration is still seen as an emergency, or as a circumstantial and sporadic fact, while instead it has now become a hallmark of our society and a challenge.

It is a phenomenon that carries with it great promise and many challenges. Many people forced to emigrate suffer, and often, die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes.

Faced with this situation, I repeat what I have affirmed in this year’s Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees: “A change of attitude towards migrants and refugees is needed on the part of everyone, moving away from attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalization – all typical of a throwaway culture – towards attitudes based on a culture of encounter, the only culture capable of building a better, more just and fraternal world”.

I would also like to draw attention to the tens of thousands of children who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence: This is a category of migrants from Central America and Mexico itself who cross the border with the United States under extreme conditions and in pursuit of a hope that in most cases turns out to be vain. They are increasing day by day. This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected. These measures, however, will not be sufficient, unless they are accompanied by policies that inform people about the dangers of such a journey and, above all, that promote development in their countries of origin. Finally, this challenge demands the attention of the entire international community so that new forms of legal and secure migration may be adopted.

I wish every success to the laudable initiative of the Mexican government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in arranging a colloquium of study and reflection on the great challenge of migration and cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing to all those present.

Translation copyrighted by Vatican Radio. Reprinted with permission of Vatican Radio.


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25 thoughts on “What did Pope Francis actually say on the crisis on the U.S.-Mexican border?

  1. Ann says:

    I so agree with the above comments made by Sarah, Margaret, Bert and Janet, esp Janet and Bert’s reply.
    I read an article about St. Thomas quotes Judith 14:6, if someone wants to come here it should be for the COMMON GOOD OF ALL.
    This is not that situation….. it’s to destroy America from within.

  2. Sarah says:

    The simple fact is that there is a breaking point- our ability to be compassionate is dependent on finite resources, and taking one look at our federal debt proves that we can’t continue to be all things for all people. Even if we taxed the wealthy at 100% of their income, we could not pay our debts and continue to run all the programs that we do. We just can’t. So, no, we just can’t take in everyone who shows up at our door. If a beggar shows up at your house, you would have the responsibility to treat him or her respectfully and to offer whatever assistance you could, but it would not be right or just to start pulling money from your child’s college fund so you could take this stranger in permanently. It probably wouldn’t even be wise to take the stranger into your home at all, not knowing what danger he or she might pose to your children. It’s the same on a national scale. Treating people like people and seeking ways to help them does not have to mean citizenship just because they show up at the boarder demanding it. In fact, since it ignores the root of the problem, it isn’t even the most humanitarian thing to do.

    1. Caroline says:

      “Our ability to be compassionate depends on finite resources”

      Perhaps you haven’t read Matthew 5:42 (“Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.”) or 1 John 3:17 (“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”). You should read Deuteronomy 15:10-11 (“You shall give to him [the poor man] freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him; because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake”). Please recall Matthew 25 (“I was hungry and you gave me food … come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”).

      None of these verses are conditional in any way. Jesus said “love your neighbor as yourself,” not “love your neighbor, unless he looks dangerous” or “love your neighbor, but only give help him a little.” Sometimes Christianity isn’t easy. Sometimes there are crosses that we have to bear in order to do what Jesus wants us to. Our compassion cannot be finite if we are to call ourselves Christians.

      If you want sources besides the Bible, please see The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2443 through 2449.

      And if you’re worried that your charity might affect you negatively, please look at Luke 6:38.

  3. Margaret Mary Long says:

    I agree with D. Mills; The forced migration through whole sale marketing of humanity in Social Engineering for the Masonic Pagan goal of NEW WORLD ORDER under one religion in worship of Materialism is Evil; as Church Leaders in America have created this human Crisis for those non-Christian ends.

  4. Janet O'Connor says:

    My problem is with the Pope’s words RASCIST ZENOPHOBES. To me this kind of term is simply progressive liberal rhetoric that does not belong to the Catholic Church. I also think this affair should be left up to the US Immigration people.

  5. Bert says:

    Why not put the camps in Mexico even if the US helped a lot to pay for them? We can’t allow everyone in with all the services we give out. Charity does not need to be given through a big government! Excessive government just causes more problems like we’ve seen with the HHS mandate and the church driven from helping with adoption.

  6. Maria Hodge says:

    I am one of those xenophobic people who did resent the Hispanics coming to our United States ! God forgive me, but I looked down on them as I passed them by and wished they would go back! I am ashamed to admit this, but I have now realized that this whole world is ours not just One Country’s, not just mine! Those people crossing our borders are our brothers and sisters in Christ and that’s what I failed to remember every time I see an illegal immigrant!

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