14-January-2013 -- Vatican Information Service |

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Immigrants Are Bearers Of Faith And Hope

Vatican City, 14 January 2013 (VIS) - After praying the Angelus, the Pope recalled that today marks the World Day of Migrants and Refugees and, in his annual message for the occasion, compared immigration to "a pilgrimage of faith and hope".

"Those who leave their lands," he emphasized, "do so because they hope for a better future, but also because they trust in God who guides the steps of the human being, as He did with Abraham. In this way immigrants are bearers of faith and hope to the world. Today I greet each one of them with a special prayer and blessing."

In his greetings in French, the Pope repeated this theme, expressing the desire that immigrants and their families, wherever they gather, "be welcomed and assisted so that they might have a dignified existence. Like Jesus," he urged, "we must be near to those who suffer and who have no voice of their own to make themselves heard."

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