BERGOGLIO: ”NATIONS MUST GIVE AN ANSWER TO THE REFUGEE CRISIS” In the Vatican, Pope Francis received in audience the participants at the International Conference sponsored by Centesimus Annus Foundation "Entrepreneurship in the fight against poverty. Refugee Emergency, Our Challenge"

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“Beyond the immediate and practical aspect of providing material support to our brothers and sisters, the community international is asked to identify policy responses, social and economic long-term matters that cross national and continental borders and involve the entire human family”. These are the words Pope Francis said immediately after mentioning his journey to Lesbos in support of migrants, during the audience given to the participants at the International Conference promoted by the Centesimus Annus Foundation and entitled “Entrepreneurship in the fight against poverty. Refugee Emergency, Our Challenge “, going on these days in the Vatican.

“The refugee crisis, whose proportions are growing every day, is one I feel particularly close to. In my recent visit to Lesbos – Bergoglio said – I have witnessed harrowing experiences of human suffering, especially among families and children.” Foundation President, Domingo Sugranyes Bickel, mentioned in his greeting to the Pope that their gift this year for the charity of the Pope is precisely for migrant children. The editorial of Catholic Civilization was dedicated to them too, recalling that at least 40% of migrants are children, and that thousands of them disappear from the reception centers.

In his speech, the Pope also appeals to the nations: “Youth unemployment rates are scandalous. This scandal not only needs to be addressed first and foremost in economic terms, it also needs to be dealt with – no less urgently -, as a social disease, since our young people are robbed of hope and their large energy resources, creativity, and intuition are squandered.” “An economy of exclusion and iniquity – he had said earlier – led to a greater number of underprivileged people and people discarded because unproductive and unnecessary. The effects are also perceived in the more developed societies, where the growth of the percentage of poverty and social decay are a serious threat for the families, for the shrinking middle class, and especially for young people.”

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