A migrant holds his child waving an Italian flag as Pope Francis leads a special mass to mark International Migrants Day in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 14, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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a sin if fear breeds hostility to migrantsPope Francis has defined hostility and rejection of refugees and migrants as sin, encouraging people to overcome their "fully comprehensible" fears that these new arrivals might "disturb the established order" of local communities as he marked the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. At his invitation, several thousand migrants, refugees and immigrants from 49 countries joined Francis at Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday, a day the Catholic Church dedicated to the issues and contributions of those who leave homelands in hope of a better life.Francis elaborated: "The sin is to refuse to encounter the other, the different, the neighbor," instead of seeing it as a "privileged opportunity" to encounter God.In his almost 5-year-old papacy, Francis has stressed the Catholic Church's mission to welcome vulnerable and marginalized people.
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