Catholic universities need to study the root causes of forced migration and ways to counter the discrimination and xenophobic reactions it provokes in so many traditionally Christian nations, Pope Francis said.
“I would also like to invite Catholic universities to teach their students, some of whom will become leaders in politics, business and culture, a careful reading of the phenomenon of migration from the point of view of justice, global co-responsibility and communion in cultural diversity,” he said.
The pope made his remarks during an audience on Saturday 4th November with members of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, who were attending a world congress in Rome from Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th November titled, ‘Refugees and Migrants in a Globalised World: Responsibility and Responses of Universities’.
Pope Francis praised the organisation’s efforts in the fields of research, formation and promoting social justice.
Picture: Pope Francis leads an audience with members of the International Federation of Catholic Universities at the Vatican on Saturday 4th November. The pope encouraged Catholic universities to study the root causes of migration. (CNS photo/L’Ossservatore Romano).