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Pope Francis has asked believers to join him in praying for a renewed and effective commitment to protect refugees and migrants.
Addressing the pilgrims in St Peters Square after the recitation of the Angelus prayer, the Pope appealed for respect and care for displaced persons recalling that on Saturday the United Nations celebrated World Refugee Day.
Pope Francis said: “The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the need to ensure the necessary protection for refugees, in order to guarantee their dignity and safety”.
He invited all believers to join him in praying “for a renewed and effective commitment, on the part of us all, to the effective protection of every human being, especially those who have been forced to flee as a result of situations of grave danger to them or their families.”
The Pope’s appeal comes as statistics show there are almost 80 million displaced persons across the globe, the highest number ever recorded.
Pope Francis also went on to note that “Another aspect on which the pandemic has made us reflect is the relationship between man and the environment.”
He said: “The lockdown has reduced pollution and revealed once more the beauty of so many places free from traffic and noise,” inviting us to resume activities with a heightened awareness and responsibility in looking after our common home.
The Pope expressed his appreciation for many “grass roots” initiatives that are emerging in this regard all over the world, and voiced his hope that they may “foster a citizenship that is increasingly aware of this essential common good.”