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Migration issue transcends narrow view of security, self-interest, says pope

Diplomats have a duty to uphold human rights for all people, especially those fleeing their countries due to war, poverty and environmental challenges, Pope Francis told new ambassadors to the Vatican.

The issue of migration “has an intrinsically ethical dimension that transcends national borders and narrow conceptions of security and self-interest,” the pope said on 17th May.

“None of us can ignore our moral responsibility to challenge the ‘globalisation of indifference’ that all too often looks the other way in the face of tragic situations of injustice calling for an immediate humanitarian response,” he said.

The pope’s comments came in a speech welcoming new ambassadors to the Vatican from Tanzania, Lesotho, Pakistan, Mongolia, Denmark, Ethiopia and Finland.

Speaking to the group of diplomats, the pope said the work of international diplomacy “is grounded in the shared conviction” of the unity and dignity of all men and women.

Picture: Pope Francis greets new ambassadors to the Holy See during an audience in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on 17th May. Welcoming new ambassadors from seven countries, the pope said that migration “has an intrinsically ethical dimension.” (CNS photo/Vatican Media).

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