The Sunday Angelus also fell on the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Thousands of such migrants made a pilgrimage to the Vatican to pass under the Holy Door. They also brought a famous cross from Lampedusa with them. The cross was made of wood from ships carrying refugees to the Italian coast. The Pope offered them words of encouragement.
"Do not let anything steal your hope and the joy of life that derive from experiencing divine mercy, thanks also to those who welcome you and help you.”
From the window of the study in the Apostolic Palace, the Pope also spoke about victims of recent terrorist attacks.
"I invite everyone together to pray to God for the victims of attacks in recent days in Indonesia and Burkina Faso. May the Lord welcome them into His house, and support the commitment of the international community to build peace.”
The Pope also welcomed inmates from Italy's biggest prison, which is in the city of Opera. He thanked them for the hosts that they made, which a few minutes later would be used during a Mass with immigrants and refugees that participated in the pilgrimage to St. Peter's.