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Pope Francis appeals to people's consciences once again to help refugees

2016-11-05

During his trip to Lesbos, Pope Francis said that the refugee crisis is the single "greatest humanitarian disaster since World War II”. In his video for November, the pope asks the world once  again not to turn its back towards this tragedy.

He asks for support for the countries that take in refugees, an issue that is subject of much debate in Europe where, in 2015 alone, more than one million refugees arrived.

Pope Francis keeps appealing to people's consciences, especially Catholics. He asks them for real initiatives and also prayer, but this isn't news: he has done it all throughout his pontificate; with his trip to Lampedusa and Lesbos, and also with small but meaningful gestures towards refugees. Last Easter, he kneeled down to wash their feet.

According to UNHCR, more than 65 million people were forced to leave their homes in 2015, due to violence and persecution. That is 24 people per minute. Lebanon is the country that takes in the most refugees: 183 for every 1,000 people. 


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