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Pope Francis praises secular Sweden over asylum seekers

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 01:13

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Tuesday for Sweden's tiny Catholic community, made up of many refugees and migrants, praising as ''blessed'' those in this overwhelmingly non-religious nation who take in asylum seekers. Nathan Frandino reports.

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It was a modest crowd of just 15,000 who greeted Pope Francis at Malmo's Swedbank Stadion. But despite being home to a relatively small Catholic population, Sweden is being praised by the Pontiff for having as much spiritual warmth as any nation, especially for its treatment of refugees and migrants. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) POPE FRANCIS, SAYING: "Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized, and show them their closeness. Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others." Sweden took in 163,000 asylum seekers last year, more than any other European Union state relative to population. Its reputation for tolerance and stability have made it a haven for refugees for decades... and amid Europe's current migration crisis, Pope Francis says Sweden is setting an example for all others to follow.

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Pope Francis praises secular Sweden over asylum seekers

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 01:13