VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is encouraging countries to welcome Afghan refugees who are seeking a new life.
During his appearance to the public in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Francis also prayed that displaced persons inside Afghanistan receive assistance and protection.
“In these tumultuous moments, in which Afghans are seeking refuge, I pray for the most vulnerable among them, I pray so that many countries welcome and protect all those seeking a new life,” Francis said.
The pope didn’t cite the Taliban or their policies, but added: “may young Afghans receive an education, which is essential for human development.”
He concluded by expressing hope that all Afghans, whether in their homeland, in transit, or in countries taking them in, may be able to “live with dignity, in peace, in brotherhood with their neighbors.”