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Pope Francis: Seek forgiveness for shutting out refugees

Pope Francis on Wednesday said people who shut out refugees should seek forgiveness, after clashes on Italy’s borders as European countries try to push back against a wave of migrants fleeing by boat from Libya.

Addressing crowds in St. Peter’s Square, Francis drew his followers’ attention to the U.N.’s World Refugee Day this Saturday.

Treat the children as refugees, not immigrants

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Recently, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees called on the United States to treat the influx of children from Central America who are crossing our border as refugees fleeing armed conflict, not as immigrants or asylum seekers. I hope the Obama administration gives this serious consideration. These children, after all, are fleeing gang violence in countries like Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Many were duped into coming here by human smugglers (known as "coyotes") who make a bundle from travelers headed north, even though the journey is extremely hazardous.

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