Pope Francis on Sunday inspired international locations to absorb Afghan refugees who’re attempting to escape the oppressive Taliban regime, saying they need to be capable to “reside with dignity.”
“In these moments of upheaval, during which Afghans are in search of refuge, I pray for essentially the most weak amongst them,” Francis, 84, mentioned throughout his weekly blessing at St. Peter’s Sq..
“I pray that many international locations welcome them and shield those that are in search of a brand new life.”
Although he didn’t point out the Taliban by title, the pontifex appeared to check with the extremist group’s previous restrictions on education for ladies, saying he believes it’s crucial that younger Afghans obtain an training.
“I additionally pray for the internally displaced in order that they’ve assist and obligatory safety. Could younger Afghans obtain an training, which is a necessary good for human growth,” Francis mentioned.
He added that he hoped that each one Afghans, whether or not of their homeland, in transit, or in international locations taking them in, might be able to “reside with dignity, in peace, in brotherhood with their neighbors.”
Hundreds of Afghans have been evacuated by the US and at the moment are ready in so-called transit hubs in international locations comparable to Qatar, Germany and Italy, whereas others are attempting to flee through land crossings with neighboring international locations comparable to Pakistan.
With Publish wires