Rome, Jul 6.- Pope Francis stated here today that the only reasonable response to the current migration challenge is solidarity and mercy.
In the homily of the Mass celebrated in homage to the immigrants, the Supreme Pontiff said that this was a response without making many calculations, although he demanded 'an equal division of responsibility, an honest and sincere evaluation of the alternatives and a wise management'.
He pointed out that a fair policy is one that serves the interests of all concerned, with appropriate solutions to ensure security, respect for the rights and dignity of all and to ensure the well-being of one's own country, taking into account that of others, 'in an ever more interconnected world'.
During the Mass celebration two days before the fifth anniversary of his visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa, the Pope praised the presence of lifeguards and rescuers in the Mediterranean Sea.
To the participants in the rescue operations, Francis expressed his gratitude 'for incarnating today the parable of the Good Samaritan, who stopped to save the life of the poor man beaten by the bandits, without asking him where he came from his reasons for travelling or his documents'.
In reiterating his solidarity and encouragement to those rescued, he asked them to 'continue to witness the hope in a world that is increasingly concerned about its present, with very little vision and reluctance to share', and that 'with respect for the culture and laws of the host country, they should work together on the road to integration'. (Prensa Latina)