Pope stresses on "new social imagination" for migrants

Dec 25, 2017, 6:14 AM EST
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(Source: Aleteia Image Department/flickr)

Pope Francis appealed to Roman Catholics to respect and welcome the migrants “driven from their lands,” as he compared refugees to Biblical Mary and Joseph who wandered fruitlessly from Nazareth to Bethlehem in pursuit of shelter.

The pontiff, who led a solemn Mass for about 10,000 people in St. Peter’s Basilica on Christmas Eve, called for a “new social imagination,” which offers room to every individual on the earth, writes Reuters.

The Pope’s remarks came amid global outcry over the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh, which pushes the number of refugees worldwide to more than 22 million, notes the BBC.