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Pope urges compassion for migrants in Easter appeal

Pope Francis waves to worshippers as he delivers his Easter message at St Peter's Square in the Vatican, on March 27, 2016Pope Francis on Sunday spoke out against the “rejection” of refugees as the European migrant crisis saw its latest desperate scenes on the Greek border with Macedonia. The pontiff used his Easter address to urge people to offer “welcome and assistance” to those fleeing war and poverty, as Europe struggles with its worst migration crisis since World War II. Countries along Europe’s “Balkan route” have toughened their stance on migrants in recent weeks, closing their borders to those seeking to transit in search of a better life in the continent’s wealthier northern states.

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