The Pope compared the refugee centres with concentration camps
Pope Francis during a solemn service in memory of the new martyrs of the XX and XXI centuries in the Roman Basilica of St. Bartholomew deviated from the expected text and criticized the camp for refugees from the Middle East and Africa, in Greece and Italy.
“These refugee camps are the many concentration camps, crowded with people. Because international agreements seem to be more important than human rights”, — quotes the Pontiff AFP.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church also told the story of a refugee whose wife was killed due to the fact that she was a Christian. “They saw we have a crucifix and told us to throw it away. When she refused, she in my eyes slit the throat,” recalled Francis, the words of a migrant.
At the end of 2016, according to the Italian authorities and the UN Agency for refugees the number of migrants arriving in Italy from North Africa on the Mediterranean sea, has reached 171 thousand. According to the UN, last year was the most dangerous for migrants attempting to reach Europe across the Mediterranean.