Pope Francis: Every Country Should Welcome As Many Refugees As Possible

Source: Huffington Post

Pope Francis talks with journalists aboard a plane, at the end of his visit to Geneva on June 21 for the 70th anniversary of

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Pope Francis talks with journalists aboard a plane, at the end of his visit to Geneva on June 21 for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.

Pope Francis is urging the nations of the world to take in as many refugees as possible.

The pontiff told reporters aboard the papal plane Thursday that he believes it is incumbent on governments to “welcome, to accompany, to place, to integrate” as many refugees as their societies can reasonably accommodate.

“Each country must do this with the virtue of government, which is prudence, and take in as many refugees as it can, as many as it can integrate, educate, give jobs to,” Francis said during the in-flight press conference, according to The Associated Press.

“We are living through a flood of refugees who are fleeing war and hunger,” the pope said.

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