Pope Francis receives migrants saved by humanitarian corridors

Pope Francis receives migrants saved by humanitarian corridors

March 18, 2023 / 2:42 p.m.

“A practicable way to avoid the tragedies and dangers linked to the trafficking of human beings,” said Pope Francis about the humanitarian corridors, established since 2016 to respond to the ever more dramatic migratory situation along the Mediterranean Sea route.

The Holy Father expressed it this morning when receiving in audience the refugees who arrived in Europe through the humanitarian corridors, together with the families and representatives of the communities that welcome them and seek their integration.

These institutions are the Community of Sant’Egidio, the Federation of Evangelical Churches, the Table Waldense and the Church in Italy “which was generous”, in particular Caritas.

The Pope, who also thanked the governments that have received the migrants, listened to some testimonies and explained that the humanitarian corridors “also work for integration”, since “people are accompanied from beginning to end”.

The Pontiff affirmed that humanitarian corridors represent the beautiful face of Europe, recalling the dramatic cases that arrive from Libya, which is part of the route followed by migrants seeking to arrive from Africa.

Regarding these cases, Pope Francis told the migrants that “they have shown a firm will to live free from fear and insecurity. They have studied a new language and met a new society.”

The Holy Father highlighted the ecumenism of this initiative and said that although everything is difficult, it is also fruitful.

Translated and adapted by the ACI Prensa team. Originally published on ACI Stamp.

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