Pope Francis is worried that the G20 summit in Germany could have dire consequences for the large number of migrants who stream into European countries every day.
“I worry about very dangerous alliances between powers which have a distorted vision of the world: America and Russia, China and North Korea, Putin and Assad,” the Pope told Italy’s La Republica newspaper on Saturday.
“The danger concerns immigration. Our main, and unfortunately growing problem in the world today is that of the poor, the weak, the excluded, which includes migrants,” he said, noting that some countries “fear an invasion of migrants.”
He added, “This is why the G20 worries me: It mainly hits immigrants.”
The pope further warned European leaders that trying to seal their borders is futile, calling it an “illusion”.
On Friday, Francis urged G20 leaders to work toward “more inclusive and sustainable global economic growth,” and hoped that they would pay attention to the plight of some 30 million people trapped in conflict and famine, especially in Africa and Yemen.
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