Pope Praises U.N. ‘Global Compact’ for Immigration

Pope Francis took advantage of his Angelus message Sunday to praise the United Nations’ Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) approved in Marrakesh last week.

The GCM provides “a framework for the whole international community,” the pope told 25,000 pilgrims and tourists in Saint Peter’s Square before asking for prayers that this agreement will lead all nations to work with “responsibility, solidarity, and compassion toward those who, for various reasons, have left their country.”

Francis has made the immigration question a pillar of his pontificate, urging nations to be as welcoming as possible toward migrants of all sorts.