Pope decries Europe’s “indifference” to Muslim migrants, compares them to Jesus
“Pope in Palm Sunday homily decries indifference to refugees,” Associated Press, March 20, 2016 (thanks to Darcy):
Pope Francis in his Palm Sunday homily decried what he called indifference to the refugees flooding into Europe, making a comparison to authorities who washed their hands of Jesus’ fate ahead of his crucifixion.
Before celebrating an outdoor Mass, Francis led a procession through St. Peter’s Square to usher in Holy Week, the solemn period leading to Easter. Faithful Catholics clutching olive branches and braided palm fronds received his blessing.
Francis abandoned his homily text to lament Europe’s handling of the influx of migrants and asylum-seekers fleeing war, persecution or poverty from Syria, Iraq, Africa and elsewhere.
Palm Sunday recalls a crowd’s triumphant welcome of Jesus entering Jerusalem. But soon Jesus would be condemned to be crucified
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