We have lost our sense of fraternal solidarity, warns Pope Francis

“The culture of hedonism which promotes our own comfort has brought bout the globalisation of indifference” – With these strong words, Pope Francis stressed the importance of fraternal solidarity particularly with reference to immigrants.

On his visit to Lampedusa, among migrants who end up on that island after fleeing famine, war and persecution, Pope Francis said that this globalisation of indifference has rendered the populations of the world immune to the suffering of those forced to travel. This indifference is underlined by the ease and comfort in which many travel nowadays, which comfort is denied to fleeing migrants. Recalling God’s call to Adam in the Garden of Eden after the original sin, Pope Francis said that Go’d search for Adam was His affirmation of the importance of humankind. Pope Francis said that people of good will cannot simply express a few words of concern for the suffering of these people and move on, as if the suffering of these migrants has nothing to do with them.

The Pontiff said that losing the ability to cry, the sense of fraternal solidarity, brings to mind the question which God asked Cain: Where is your Brother? The migrants are our brothers, whatever their religion, whatever their nationality, affirmed the son of Italian immigrants, Pope Bergoglio. He said that the migrants who are lost at sea should be a thorn in the heart of any person who has not been innured to indifference.

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