Don't extinguish migrants' hopes, Pope says on World Day of Peace

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Speaking from the window of the Apostolic Palace above St. Peter's Square, the Pope said he wished to "give a voice" to those migrants who face enormous suffering as they make their journey in search of a better life. "May the Lord grant us to work in this new year with generosity, generosity, to create a more supportive and welcoming world".

Pope Francis described migrants and refugees as the world's "weakest and most needy", adding: "Please, let us not extinguish the hope in their hearts, let us not suffocate their hopes for peace".

And in his first Angelus of 2018, Pope Francis made special reference to the migrants and refugees who are among the victims of war.

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"Those who, for what may be called political reasons, foment fear of migrants instead of building peace are sowing violence, racial discrimination and xenophobia, which are matters of great concern for all those concerned with the safety of every human being", he said.

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Pope Francis had begun the day celebrating Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the Marian feast, which he said was a celebration of "a magnificent truth about God and about ourselves: From the moment that our Lord became incarnate in Mary, and for all time, he took on our humanity".

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"We need to remain silent as we gaze upon the crib", he said. "And among them, many are in hard economic conditions; yet they do not cry uselessly, nor do they harbor resentment and grudges, but they strive to do their part every day to improve things a little".

On Jan. 8, Francis will deliver another annual address to the Vatican diplomatic service, according to Catholic news site Crux, which is expected to be considered his most significant foreign policy statement of the year.