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. Ron Domen says:

    What about all of the diseases that are being brought into this country by central american refugees, such as small pox and yellow fever? I found out that diseases were running rampant in detention centers that house these refugees.
    I read about this problem in the American Free Press newspaper. Why isn’t this problem mentioned in the mainstream media?………because it is being censored like a lot of other news.

    1. Caroline says:

      If anyone is going to bring Yellow Fever into the US, it’s going to be coming from Africa, especially Nigeria. Nevertheless, it’s been over a hundred years since the last major outbreak in this country, so you can calm down.
      Also, smallpox was eradicated in 1980. It no longer exists.

  2. stilbelieve says:

    Tim, Howard, I’m with you. Well said.

  3. Tim says:

    “Racist and xenophobic attitudes” Sounds like a Democrat to me. Makes for a good campain slogan. My daughter teaches Spanish. We accept millions of precious immigrants legally. Shut the boarder down. The Church should stop the sin of violating personal boundaries.

  4. June Vendetti says:

    It is essential to put some laws in place to make these children responsible and to effectively “make them real in the fabric of modern society.” In other words, give them a hand up-not a hand out. They must be taught the English language, and receive an education, not at our government’s expense, but at the Mexican Gov’t's expense!
    After all, they are the ones making it so miserable for them to live there, so they should have a hand in raising them to be productive citizens.

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      1. Christiana says:

        I meant to reply to Troy Woytek. I completely agree with him.

  5. Troy Woytek says:

    Interesting how quickly people are to cast aside the Pope’s teachings on so called “liberal political views” that align with Catholic teaching, but are also so quick to quote the Pope’s teachings on “conservative political views” that also align with Catholic teaching. Seems to me that anyone who only quotes the Pope when it fits their political agenda is more concerned about their politics than about the Kingdom of God. Scripture is filled with references that back up the Pope’s & the Catholic Church’s teaching on immigration. The US Bishops have also been very clear on their views about immigration reform and their views align very well with what the Pope is saying. And by the way, they live in the U.S. too. And props to Maria Hodge for sharing her change of heart – it’s refreshing to see someone on this site who saw past politics and allowed the Gospel to guide their thinking.

  6. Howard says:

    The solution is obvious: Let all the immigrants stay in Vatican City. Surely the Pope would not want to be xenophobic by suggesting that there are limited resources in his 44 hectares!

    People are less likely to cooperate when you start off by insulting them, but this Pope seems not to understand how to communicate.

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