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Pope makes tough speech on European unity, migrants

Friday, May 06, 2016 - 01:03

Pope Francis rebukes a ''weary'' Europe as he receives the 2016 Charlemagne Prize for his efforts to promote global peace, cross-cultural understanding and European unity. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Pope Francis has a question for the European Union. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS, SAYING: "What has happened to you, the Europe of humanism, the champion of human rights, democracy and freedom?" He's talking about the migrant question. Why, when hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees have sought refuge in Europe, have they been met with hostility by many EU member countries? There's no doubt the EU has struggled to cope with the influx. And has resorted to sending migrants and refugees back to Turkey. Francis says he hopes for a change of policy. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS, SAYING: "I dream of a Europe that cares for children, that offers fraternal help to the poor and to those newcomers seeking acceptance because they have lost everything and need shelter." Francis made the appeal during his acceptance of the Charlemagne Prize, given to those who've contributed the most to the ideals of post-war Europe.

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Pope makes tough speech on European unity, migrants

Friday, May 06, 2016 - 01:03