Pope Francis compares the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem to migrant invasion

Pope Francis in Christmas Eve remarks likened the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to the migrations of millions of people today who are forced to leave homelands for a better life, or just for survival, and he expressed hope that no one will feel ‘there is no room for them on this Earth’.

The late-evening service in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday came after the pope’s Angelus noon prayer, which he delivered from his studio window overlooking St Peter’s Square.

The Argentine pontiff, himself the grandson of Italian migrants, told faithful at late-evening Christmas vigil Mass that the ‘simple story’ of Jesus’ birth in a manger changed ‘our history forever. Everything that night became a source of hope’.

What’s he smoking?

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