At Mexico-US border, pope decries migrant 'tragedy'

In a highly symbolic gesture, Pope Francis climbed a ramp facing the Rio Grande that separates Mexico's Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas, laid flowers and blessed hundreds of migrants on the American sidePope Francis decried the “human tragedy” of migrants fleeing violence worldwide during a huge mass on Mexico’s border with the United States, where thousands have died while crossing the desert. In a highly symbolic gesture, the pope climbed a ramp facing the Rio Grande that separates Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas, laid flowers under a black cross and blessed hundreds of migrants on the American side who waved at him.

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