Pope Francis’ Christmas message was about Mary, Joseph, and migration — Quartz

The child of immigrants himself, Pope Francis was born in Argentina in 1936 to Italian parents and understands displacement is difficult even under the best conditions. He called on Catholics to remember Mary and Joseph’s journey, and the difficulties they faced, when considering the treatment of migrants today.

Baby Jesus was born in a manger because his parents were strangers in a strange land who had to rely on the kindness of strangers, according to Pope Francis, leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. The plight of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem, before Christianity officially began, is a lesson to everyone about migration…

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