rome - Pope Francis asked during the Mass on Christmas Eve to show sympathy with persecuted people driven from their homes. These should be received with open arms. 'Behind the steps of Mary and Joseph are many steps hidden. We see the footprints of entire families, who are forced to leave their homes today, 'said the prince of the church against the thousands of believers in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
'We see the traces of millions of people who do not voluntarily leave, but are forcibly separated from their loved ones by being driven out of their country. Christmas is the time to turn the power of fear into a power of love, 'says Francis. One should not resign themselves to injustice, one must have the courage 'in the midst of tensions and conflicts to offer room for guest friendship. '
Francis has been a pope since refugee and migrants. During the Christmas night service of last year, he asked for attention for the children who grow up in or are fleeing under war conditions.