Pope Francis against 'rejection' of refugees

Pope Francis speeks out against 'rejection' of refuges in his Easter message and says they are looking for a 'better future'

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi benediction at the end of the Easter Mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican March 27, 2016

Pope Francis spoke out against the “rejection” of refuges on Sunday in his Easter message, as Europe faces its biggest refugee crisis since World War Two.

"The Easter message of the risen Christ... invites us not to forget those men and women seeking a better future, an ever more numerous throng of migrants and refugees... fleeing from war, hunger, poverty and social injustice,” the pope said.

"All too often, these brothers and sisters of ours meet along the way with death or, in any event, rejection by those who could offer them welcome and assistance."

The Pope also spoke about Syria’s "lengthy conflict, with its sad wake of destruction, death [and] contempt for humanitarian law," having hope for a positive outcome through the peace talks next month.

"Good will and the cooperation of all will bear fruit in peace and initiate the building of a fraternal society," he said.

Easter celebrated around the world

Meanwhile, people around the world are celebrating Easter to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ.

TRTWorld and agencies