Second and last day of Pope Francis’ apostolic journey to Marseille. Today the Pontiff meets some people in difficult situations assisted by the nuns of Mother Teresa, then at 10am the conclusion of the Mediterranean Meetings at the Palais du Pharo. In the same venue, at 11.30, Bergoglio will meet French President Emmanuel Macron. The last appointment will be mass at the Velodrome Stadium around 4pm. At 7.15pm the Pope will leave Marseille and take the plane that will take him back to Rome around 8.50pm.
The Pope’s message on migrants
Yesterday Pope Francis, in front of the monument commemorating the victims at sea, sent a clear message: “We cannot resign ourselves to seeing human beings treated as bargaining chips, imprisoned and tortured in atrocious ways, we can no longer witness the tragedies of shipwrecks, due to hateful trafficking and the fanaticism of indifference. People who risk drowning when they are abandoned on the waves must be rescued. It is a duty of humanity, it is a duty of civilization.” Then he thanked the organizations that “go to sea to save migrants, many times they prevent it, they are gestures of hatred disguised as balance”, and reiterated that migrants are not numbers and that the situation they find themselves in in this period of crisis and landings is “a cruelty, a terrible lack of humanity”.