DON’T EXTINGUISH MIGRANTS’ HOPES, POPE SAYS ON WORLD DAY OF PEACE “Let us not suffocate their hopes for peace!”

Pope Francis described migrants and refugees as the world’s “weakest and most needy” on Monday, using his traditional New Year’s address to “give voice” to people he has urged leaders to do more to help.

Francis reminded some 40,000 people who gathered in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican that he had chosen the plight of migrants and refugees as the theme for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace, which is celebrated every January 1.

“For this peace, to which everyone has a right, many of them are willing to risk their lives in a journey which is often long and dangerous, they are willing to face strain and suffering.”

“Please, let us not extinguish the hope in their hearts, let us not suffocate their hopes for peace!”

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