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Education key to solving migration crisis, pope says

As the celebration of Christmas draws near, the plight of the Holy Family calls to mind the sufferings of the many men, women and children escaping war and persecution, Pope Francis said.

Meeting with organisers and artists participating in a benefit Christmas concert at the Vatican, the pope said the holy season is an invitation to come together to help those in need, especially young migrants who “instead of sitting in school desks, like many of their peers, spend their days doing long marches on foot, or on makeshift and dangerous means of transportation.”

Educating young migrants will give them the tools to find “work in the future and participate in the common good as informed citizens. At the same time, we educate ourselves in order to welcome and show solidarity so that migrants and refugees do not meet indifference or, worse, intolerance on their journey,” he said on 14th December.

The proceeds of the 15th December concert, which was sponsored by the Congregation for Catholic Education, will be donated to two organisations: Scholas Occurrentes in Iraq and the Don Bosco Mission in Uganda.

According to the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Don Bosco Mission aids refugees from South Sudan escaping civil war and is invested “in the training and professional development of young people.”

Picture: Pope Francis meets with organisers and artists who performed in a benefit Christmas concert at the Vatican. The concert proceeds will be donated to two organisations: Scholas Occurrentes in Iraq and the Don Bosco Mission in Uganda. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).

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