If you want peace, end arms trade and help immigrants, pope says

If you want peace, end arms trade and help immigrants, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — If individuals and nations are serious about protecting human rights and promoting peace, they must do much more to curb the global arms trade and assist immigrants, Pope Francis told seven new ambassadors to the Vatican.

There are “stories that make us weep and feel ashamed: human beings — our brothers and sisters, children of God — spurred by a desire to live and work in peace, who face exhausting journeys and are subject to extortion, torture, abuse of every kind and sometimes end up dying in the desert or at the bottom of the sea,” the pope said May 15.

Forced migrations, conflicts and the proliferation of weapons are closely tied phenomena, the pope told new ambassadors from Switzerland, Liberia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Jamaica, South Africa and India. “They are wounds in a world that is our world, the place where God put us to live today and where he calls us to be responsible for our brothers and sisters so that no one’s human dignity is violated.”

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