The Pope Supports Migration–Why doesn’t the EU do more?


After having fought most of 2009 in Germany to have migrants better appreciated and supported by the country of Germany and the European Union, I was happy to see the Pope is supportive, too.

 After having fought most of 2009 in Germany to have migrants better appreciated and supported by the country of Germany and the European Union, I was happy to see the Pope is supportive, too. The Associated Press reported: “Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Christmas Eve mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The pontiff has urged wealthy nations to show ‘acceptance and welcome” to migrants fleeing poverty or intolerance at home.'” “In the face of the exodus of all those who migrate from their homelands and are driven away by hunger, intolerance or environmental degradation,” the Roman Catholic Church calls for “an attitude of acceptance and welcome,” the German-born Pope stated in in a message for Christmas Day 2009. I found it important to hear this message from the Pope for the second time in a month.

Hopefully, his home country, Germany will recognize the need to promote and support migrants more. The pope also shared onFriday: “The Church shows solidarity with the victims of natural disasters and poverty.” According to the AP, “The pontiff also lamented a ‘moral crisis’ that he said was worse than the global financial crisis. On behalf of a human family profoundly affected by a grave financial crisis, yet even more by a moral crisis and by the painful wounds or wars and conflicts. He claimed that “the Church offers hope.”

Now it is the turn of the top 50 wealthy nation states to follow suit. These are the Christmas gifts that many poor peoples need: (1) A hand up through work and migration. (2) A hand down to develop solar and other technologies for development of their home countries. (3) Moral and educational support for better governance and better economic systems.

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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