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A very important part of Francis Pope’s speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, 25 November 2014, especially as we are concerned by the fact that refers to a new gate on boat refugees coming to Europe, namely the Black Sea :

“Likewise, there needs to be a united response to the question of migration. We cannot allow the Mediterranean and the Black Sea to become a vast cemetery! The boats landing daily on the shores of Europe are filled with men and women who need acceptance and assistance. The absence of mutual support within the European Union runs the risk of encouraging particularistic solutions to the problem, solutions which fail to take into account the human dignity of immigrants, and thus contribute to slave labour and continuing social tensions. Europe will be able to confront the problems associated with immigration only if it is capable of clearly asserting its own cultural identity and enacting adequate legislation to protect the rights of European citizens and to ensure the acceptance of immigrants. Only if it is capable of adopting fair, courageous and realistic policies which can assist the countries of origin in their own social and political development and in their efforts to resolve internal conflicts – the principal cause of this phenomenon – rather than adopting policies motivated by self-interest, which increase and feed such conflicts. We need to take action against the causes and not only the effects.”

 

 The complete speech can be accessed at the following link :

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2014/november/documents/papa-francesco_20141125_strasburgo-parlamento-europeo.html.

Date posted: Thursday November 27th, 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Francis Pope addressed the European Parliament warning of the Black Sea

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