Pope Francis urges Europe to care for, integrate migrants

VATICAN CITY, May 6 (KUNA) — Pope Francis urged on Friday Europe to live up to its values and to take care of and integrate migrants, and not to see them as criminals.
“What has happened to you, the Europe of humanism, the champion of human rights, democracy and freedom?” the Pope wondered in a ceremony to receive the Charlemagne Prize, held at the Vatican and attended by top EU leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi, President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, etc.
“What has happened to you, Europe, the home of poets, philosophers, artists, musicians, and men and women of letters? What has happened to you, Europe, the mother of peoples and nations, the mother of great men and women who upheld, and even sacrificed their lives for, the dignity of their brothers and sisters?” The Charlemagne Prize is conferred annually by the German city of Aachen to those who have contributed the most to the unity of post-war Europe.
“I dream of a Europe that promotes and protects the rights of everyone, without neglecting its duties towards all. I dream of a Europe of which it will not be said that its commitment to human rights was its last utopia,” Francis said. (end) mn.hm

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