Pope ‘moved to tears’ by asylum seekers’ plight

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Pope Francis waves next to Bishop Cesare Nosiglia (R) as he arrives to meets patients of the Cottolengo Hospital in Turin on June 21, 2015

Pope Francis said Sunday the plight of asylum seekers hoping for a new life in Europe was enough to make him cry, condemning those who treat them “like merchandise”. Speaking during his first pastoral visit to northern Italy, the pontiff slammed hostility towards migrants arriving by boat from Libya, with European countries bickering over who should be forced to provide shelter to the needy. Francis, whose father grew up in the city, was in Turin to pray before the mysterious shroud, believed by Christians to be the burial cloth of Jesus but held by sceptics to be a medieval fake.

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