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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.
 

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Xenophobia and the foreigner in Rome

One morning a couple of years ago, while I was at home editing an article, somebody rang my doorbell.
 
It was not a good sign, because people in Rome usually make house calls by first buzzing the intercom at the entrance of the apartment building. Those who are already inside and show up directly at someone’s door are often trying to sell something.