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Pope launches awareness campaign about migrants’ plight

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Photo: AP

Pope Francis Wednesday launched a two-year activism and awareness-raising campaign about the plight of migrants to counteract mounting anti-immigrant sentiment in the US, Europe and beyond.

The campaign encourages people to actually meet with migrants and listen to their stories, rather than treat them as statistics clouded by negative stereotypes.

Francis, the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina, launched the campaign during his weekly general audience, throwing his arms open to welcome the many refugees and asylum-seekers who filled St. Peter’s Square.

The church is undertaking the campaign amid a hardening of anti-immigrant sentiment in the West.

(AP)

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