Pope Hopes UN Global Migration Pact Will Bring 'Compassion for Migrants'
The Pontiff spoke o 25,000 pilgrims and tourists in Saint Peter’s Square
The U.N.’s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), approved in Marrakesh last week, was praised by Pope Francis who expressed his approval in his Angelus message on Sunday.
Speaking to the 25,000 pilgrims and tourists in Saint Peter’s Square, the Pontiff said GCM provides “a framework for the whole international community,” before asking for prayers that the new agreement will encourage nations to have “responsibility, solidarity, and compassion toward those who, for various reasons, have left their country.”
Francis, who has continued to make the subject of immigration as a keynote in his speeches, has urged nations to be 'welcoming' as possible to migrants from all countries.
Back in August, the Vatican said how refugees would 'help Westerners' joined a global family.
Early this month, the Vatican’s department for Migration and Refugee praised the GCM stating it emphasized“greater cooperation and responsibility sharing.”
“The Holy See will join many other governments of the world to celebrate the adoption of this pact, the first international agreement on migration at the global level,” the statement read.
Pope Francis's words used to describe on the issue of mass immigration is to “to accept, protect, promote and integrate,” and even added into the 20 action points by Holy See’s Migrants and Refugees Section's
“Today we are happy to note that many of the principles and measures listed in the 20 Points have been included in the final text of the Pacts, and in particular in 15 of the 23 Goals of the GCM,” the statement added.
Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin was sent to speak at the Marrakesh meeting, emphasizing the Vatican's position on mass migration - it must be globally governed rather than by sovereign nations.
“The Global Compact on Migration attempts to assist the international community in preventing crises and tragedies,” Parolin said, and “seeks to improve the governance of migration, which is bound to increase as the international community grows more economically, socially and politically interconnected.”
The new GCM agreement “will help all Governments, as well as non-governmental entities, including faith-based organizations, collectively to manage migration in a more safe, orderly and regular manner, something no State can achieve alone,” he added.
The cardinal also stated that all migrants have the same human rights, “regardless of their status,” seemingly disregarding legal and illegal immigration.
The Vatican Secretary of State also said he what he sees as the forced quality of much modern migration, as opposed to voluntary immigration used to better one’s circumstances.
The Cardona added that the GCM “comes at a critical moment in history.”
Migration has always been a natural response to crises and the innate desire for more significant opportunities, for a fuller life with greater freedom, peace, and security. More people are on the move than ever before.”