Editorial | Welcoming strangers in a time of fear and anger

The word of God is clear. We're to love our neighbors, including aliens, as we love ourselves. Knowing this simple truth and carrying it out in our personal lives — and as a matter of public policy — is a different matter.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Christians don’t exclude, they welcome

Pope Francis walks with refugees as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 22. The pope invited more than a dozen refugees to sit near him on stage during his catechesis.

VATICAN CITY — Flanked by refugees, Pope Francis appealed to Christians to care for and welcome those whom society often excludes.

"Today I'm accompanied by these young men. Many people think they would have been better off if they had stayed in their homelands, but they were suffering so much there. They are our refugees, but many people consider them excluded. Please, they are our brothers," the pope said June 22 at his weekly general audience.

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