Sebastian Pinera

Pope Francis urges compassion toward immigrants, those 'who have had to leave everything behind'

Pope Francis urges compassion toward immigrants, those 'who have had to leave everything behind'

While celebrating Mass on Thursday near the north Chilean port of Iquique, Pope Francis reminded his listeners that, in the indigenous Aymara language, the city’s name means “land of dreams.”

Iquique was once a booming mining town but is now better known for its beaches, earthquakes and as the gateway for a recent flood of immigrants to Chile.

“It is a land that has given shelter to men and women of different peoples and cultures who have had to leave everything behind and set out,” Francis said before the crowd of faithful estimated at 100,000. “Let us be attentive to the lack of shelter, land and employment experienced by so many families.”

Francis’ remarks — made...

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