While addressing diplomats of 183 countries in the Vatican, Pope Francis pointed out haunting global issues and shared his concerns over those matters.
In the Annual State of the World Address, the Pope said that he is concerned about the growing number of the populist and nationalist movements that are emerging. Migration is another major issue that the Pope is concerned about most.
Pope said that the whole world is suffering from migration-related problems. He pointed out that many countries in Europe and North America are showing reservation about taking the migrants in. To curtail the number of migrants, they are severely restricting even the people who are transiting through the country. Pope warned the delegates that this short-sighted approach will never solve this universal issue.
The pope urged the governments to help the people who were compelled to emigrate from their countries. He hoped that the receiving countries will be providing proper integration programs to the immigrants to make them accustomed to the country.
The Pope wanted the countries to make an extra effort to stop people from being forced to leave their families and countries. The receiving countries should allow individuals to return to their homelands with full dignity. He warned that the countries should be careful to make sure that the human rights of the individual remain intact in the process.
Pope also urged the international community to provide a proper solution for Syrian war. Mentioning the high number of the death toll, he said that it is utmost important to put an end to the humanitarian law violation. The women and the children are the worst sufferers of such problems, said Pope.
He also expressed his concern over sexual abuse of children. The Pontiff said that a meeting is going to take place in the Vatican where the proper steps to move forward on this issue will be discussed. Accepting the previous mistakes related to such issues, he vows to eliminate this problem from society and the Church.