Pope Francis Praised the Swedes For Accepting Migrants

Pope Francis salutes the crowd during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican on May 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pope arrived in Sweden on Monday to participate in a joint commemoration of the Protestant Reformation. The first common ecumenical commemoration was dedicated to the German Catholic monk Martin Luther in the 16th century and contributed to the elimination of prejudice that Catholics and Protestants still have for each other .

Pope Francis called on the mass in the Swedish city of Malmo Christians to fight for unity.

Humility allows “you to leave aside all that divides us and alienates in order to find new ways to advance through unity”, said the Pope in front of 15,000 worshipers gathered at the city stadium, which included many immigrants from Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.

“Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and the marginalized and show them their closeness, he said, adding: “Blessed are those who give up their own comfort to help others.”

Sweden last year received 163,000 asylum seekers, more than any other European country in relation to its population. The country due to its tolerance and stability is accepting refugees for decades.

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