Roman Catholic

Pope Urges Countries To Accept Migrants and Refugees

Says they shouldn't be treated as "pawns on the chessboard of humanity"

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(Reuters)—Pope Francis urged countries on Tuesday to welcome and respect migrants and refugees and not treat them as "pawns on the chessboard of humanity".

Francis, who has made the defense of the poor and vulnerable a cornerstone of his papacy, said in a message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees that there should be a change in attitude on the part of host countries.