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Pope Francis: Mass for migrants, “existential peripheries of our cities populated with persons who have been thrown away, marginalized, oppressed”. Reference to “least ones” tortured “in detention camps”.

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“On this sixth anniversary of the visit to Lampedusa, my thoughts go out to those ‘least ones’ who daily cry out to the Lord, asking to be freed from the evils that afflict them”. This is the central part of the homily of the Mass for migrants celebrated by Pope Francis in Saint Peter’s Basilica today, in the presence of 250 migrants and relief workers. The Pontiff provided a detailed list: “These least ones are abandoned and cheated into dying in the desert; these least ones are tortured, abused and violated in detention camps; these least ones face the waves of an unforgiving sea; these least ones are left in reception camps too long for them to be called temporary. These are only some of the least ones who Jesus asks us to love and raise up”. “Unfortunately the existential peripheries of our cities are densely populated with persons who have been thrown away, marginalized, oppressed, discriminated against, abused, exploited, abandoned, poor and suffering”, the Pope warned. “In the spirit of the Beatitudes we are called to comfort them in their affliction and offer them mercy; to sate their hunger and thirst for justice; to let them experience God’s caring fatherliness; to show them the way to the Kingdom of Heaven”.

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