Migrants, new landings in Lampedusa
Migrants: landings in the night in Lampedusa.
The mayor: "They accepted our cry of pain"
September 10, 2020 "No one can remain indifferent to the human tragedies that continue to take place in different regions of the world".
It is the Pope's new cry of pain aimed at shaking consciences.
Among these regions, Bergoglio said to the participants in the European project "Snapshots from the Borders" (Voices and experiences from the borders) led by the mayor of Lampedusa and Linosa, Salvatore Martello, "we are often asked by those who have the Mediterranean as their theater, a sea of border, but also of meeting of cultures ".
"We never accept that those who seek hope by sea die without receiving help", the Pope pointed out. "Among those who struggle most in the Mediterranean area, there are those who flee from war or leave their land in search of a worthy life - Francis recalled - We are aware that a sense of indifference and even rejection is widespread in various social contexts. The international community has stopped at military interventions, while it should build institutions that guarantee equal opportunities and places in which citizens have the opportunity to take charge of the common good, "Bergoglio said.
"Reception and a dignified integration are stages of a process that is not easy. - Francis declared - However, it is unthinkable to be able to face it by building walls. Faced with these challenges, it is evident that concrete solidarity and shared responsibility are indispensable. both nationally and internationally. The current pandemic has highlighted our interdependence: we are all linked, to each other, both for evil and for good. We must act together, not alone ".
"Borders, which have always been considered as dividing barriers, can instead become 'windows', spaces of mutual knowledge, mutual enrichment, communion in diversity; they can become places where models are experimented to overcome the difficulties that new arrivals entail for indigenous communities ", the Pope said." The current migration scenario - added Bergoglio - is complex and often has dramatic implications. The global interdependencies that determine migratory flows need to be studied and understood better. The challenges are many and are challenging. everyone. Nobody can remain indifferent to the human tragedies that continue to take place in different regions of the world. Among these we are often challenged by those whose theater is the Mediterranean, a border sea, but also a meeting place of cultures ", said the Pontiff. .
"Of course, welcome and a dignified integration are stages of a process that is not easy; however, it is unthinkable to be able to face it by building walls".
Faced with the challenges posed by migration "it is clear that concrete solidarity and shared responsibility are indispensable, both nationally and internationally" and also "the current pandemic has highlighted our interdependence: we are all linked, to each other, both for evil and for good ", the Pope said." We must act together, not alone ".
Finally, for Pope Francis "it is also fundamental to change the way of seeing and narrating migration: it is a question of putting people, faces and stories at the center. Hence the importance of projects, such as the one you are promoting, which seek to to propose different approaches, inspired by the culture of encounter, which constitutes the path towards a new humanism ".
Martello: October 3 day to remember the victims of migration
October 3 should become the day in which all the victims of migration are remembered.
This is the proposal launched by the mayor of Lampedusa Martello at the audience in which the Pope received a group that supports a European project dedicated to migration.
'' They call them migrants, illegal immigrants, refugees: for us they are above all human beings, people '', said the mayor of Lampedusa, bringing the testimonies of '' communities that live at the forefront of the impact of migratory flows and have always had space for the `` welcome ''.