Pope lambasted for praying for migrants

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Pope Francis arrives at Blaj, Romania, June 2, 2019. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERSPope Francis arrives at Blaj, Romania, June 2, 2019. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERS Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs minister Matteo Salvini seemed quaintly intrigued by a prominent article featured in Tuesday’s La Republica, an authoritative Italian newspaper. Entitled “The Catholic Church at a Crossroads: The Pope or Salvini”, the paper ran an interview with the Jesuit Father Bartolmeo Sorge who perceived the Italian government’s new efforts to clampdown on migrants coming to Italy as reflective of Italy’s fascist era of the 1930s. Padre Sorge is an influential Jesuit theologian and political scientist who, like Pope Bergoglio was one of St Pedro Arupe’s close collaborators in the latter’s  implementation of the Second Vatican Council, especially with regard to a faith that does justice and preferential option for the poor.Clearly, Salvini was tickled by the headline, even if perhaps not fully realising that it was a statement which La Republica had made and not a question, as he commented on his tweet. Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini had previously introduced a new policy closing the ports to migrant rescue vessels. This went as far as to introduce fines to those bringing migrants into Italy’s territorial waters.This however was not the only controversial tweet of the day. Pope Francis received a negative response to his Twitter post calling for prayers for migrants.In a recent tweet, the Pontiff delivered a homily marking the 6th anniversary since his visit to Lampedusa where he had underscored the plight the migrants who perished on the way to Europe.Read Also: Aġġornata bl-awdjo: “Nitolbu fis-silenzju għall-immigranti ta’ Lampedusa” – Papa FranġiskuRead Also: Segwi LIVE il-quddiesa tal-Papa Franġisku f’LampedusaRead Also: Il-Papa Franġisku llum iżur Lampedusa SharePrint “This is not just about migrants”, in the twofold sense that migrants are first of all human persons, and that they are the symbol of all those rejected by today’s globalized society. https://t.co/C3rLYrgCnB— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) July 8, 2019Not long after, the tweet received a number of negative responses in which the Pope was told to instead pray for others which, those who posted, considered more deserving of prayers such as earthquake victims or the parents of a quadriplegic man, Vincent Lambert, who recently had his life support turned off.Read more:NGO appeals sanction placed after defying Salvini banSea Eye not intimidated by Salvini; Alan Kurdi vessel heading to Lampedusacenter_img In his post, Pope Francis wrote, ‘These least ones are abandoned and cheated into dying in the desert; these least ones are tortured, abused and violated in detention camps; these least ones face the waves of an unforgiving sea; these least ones are left in reception camps too long for them to be called temporary.’ The Pope said that the plight of immigrants is the epitome of all those who are rejected in today’s globalised society.On this sixth anniversary of the visit to Lampedusa, my thoughts go out to those “least ones” who daily cry out to the Lord, asking to be freed from the evils that afflict them. https://t.co/C3rLYqZ0Z1— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) July 8, 2019 WhatsApplast_img read more