Migrants are not just a social issue pope says

VATICAN (CNS): Christians are called to follow the spirit of the beatitudes by comforting the poor and the oppressed, especially migrants and refugees who are rejected, exploited and left to die, Pope Francis said during a Mass commemorating the sixth anniversary of his visit to the southern Mediterranean island of Lampedusa on July 8.
 
The least ones, “who have been thrown away, marginalised, oppressed, discriminated against, abused, exploited, abandoned, poor and suffering” cry out to God, “asking to be freed from the evils that afflict them,” the pope said.
 
“They are persons; these are not mere social or migrant issues. This is not just about migrants, in the twofold sense that migrants are, first of all, human...