Pope Francis Says that Migrant Crisis Is a Life Issue for the Church

Pope Francis recently spoke at Italy’s Science and Life Association, and along with addressing issues including abortion, global violence and terrorism, the leader of the Catholic Church also said that the current migrant crisis is an important life issue that must be dealt with:

The scourge of abortion is an attack against life. Leaving our brothers on boats to die in the Sicilian channel is an attack against life. Death from malnutrition is an attack against life. Terrorism, war, violence, but also euthanasia are attacks against life.

Since the beginning of this year, more than 40,000 migrants have arrived in Italy after fleeing conflicts in unstable countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The rise of ISIS in Libya has also been blamed for the continued surge in migrants attempting to make the extremely dangerous journey to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea. Though officials in Europe have recently ramped up rescue efforts and are now targeting human traffickers profiting from the frequently deadly trips, at least 1,600 are believed to have died at sea this year …

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