Pope Francis calls on Europe to welcome migrants
24 September 2023 | 6:42 pm
During a speech in France, the Catholic leader urged a humane pan-European response to migration. French President Emmanuel Macron attended the address as his government deliberates a harsher response to asylum-seekers.
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