Holy See: Pope uses nativity in heartfelt plea to respect immigrants

*MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* Pope Francis defended immigrants during his speech at the Christmas Eve Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica on Sunday, comparing them to Mary and Joseph when they arrived to Bethlehem. «Everything about them generated mistrust,» the Pope explained in his traditional address. The Pope compared Joseph and Mary's 'footsteps' to those of migrants. «We see the tracks of... Еще millions of people who do not choose to go, but are instead driven from their land, leaving behind their dear ones. In many cases, this departure is full of hope, is full of promise, but for many others, this departure only has one name: survival,» he said. He said that when Joseph and Mary arrived in Bethlehem with nowhere to stay, «They were men and women to be kept at a distance, to be feared.» «True power and authentic freedom are shown in honouring and rescuing the weak and the fragile,» Pope Francis explained.

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