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Pope Francis Advocates for Migrant Rights During Marseille Trip


Fri 22 Sep 2023 | 03:30 PM
Pope Francis
Pope Francis
By Ahmad El-Assasy

The Vatican highlighted that Pope Francis's journey to Marseille centers on championing the migrant cause, emphasizing their rights and self-worth. This sojourn aligns with the finale of the Mediterranean Sea conferences. Besides his emphasis on migration, the Pope's itinerary includes an engagement with French President Emmanuel Macron and conducting his premiere Mass in France.

An Eventful Day in Marseille

Pope Francis's day starts with a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de la Garde, dedicated to a prayer session with the clergy for the Virgin Mary. Subsequently, he will pay his respects at the "Croix de Camargue", a memorial anchor symbolizing two young Marseillais lost at sea. The 2010 plaque addition, honoring the "casualties of unlawful migration" and 2009 rescue missions, adds significance to the site.

Associations active in migrant aid will convene, anticipating the Pope's message. The evening is reserved at the Bishopric residence.

Strengthening Mediterranean Ties

Pope Francis's Saturday schedule includes participation in the Mediterranean meetings' conclusion. The annual Marseille conference, attended by religious leaders and representatives from Mediterranean countries, aims