Pope Francis urged Italians on Sunday to have more children while at the same time opening the country’s doors to more migrants, pleading they be “welcomed, accompanied, promoted and integrated.”
Speaking in southern Italy at the Catholic Church’s 27th National Eucharistic Congress that coincided with Italy’s national election, the pope touched on key domestic campaign issues.
They included the decline in the number of Italian nationals and immigration.
Both subjects are relevant. previouslyFrancis addressed him with open borders as a theme of his public statements.
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AP reports Francis and his hosts both referred to the vote during the open-air Mass, though Italy’s bishops conference had earlier urged Italians to cast ballots in the eagerly watched election that could bring Italy its first right-populist coalition of anti-mass migration, eurosceptic parties since World War II.
After the Matera outdoor Mass, an 85-year-old Pope spoke out of turn and asked that more Italians have children.
“I’d like to ask Italy: More births, more children,” he said, acknowledging Italy has one of the lowest birth rates in the world delivering a “demographic winter”Breitbart News reported that previously, the pope touched on these topics.
Francis also weighed in on a perennial issue in Italy, recalling Sunday coincided with the Catholic Church’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
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Francis prayed for a better future. “God’s plan”Implemented, migrants and victims of trafficking in people living in peace, dignity and security, for more “inclusive and fraternal future.”
He also added: “Immigrants are to be welcomed, accompanied, promoted and integrated.”
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