Pope Francis had a meeting with migrants during a visit to the basilica of St Bartholomew in Rome on Saturday. He has come under fire for using the term “concentration camps” in his description of the holding centers for migrants and refugees.
The BBC reported:
Pope Francis told migrants at the basilica of St Bartholomew on Saturday about his visit to a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year.
He met a Middle Eastern refugee who said his Christian wife had been killed by militant Islamists for refusing to throw her crucifix to the ground.
The Pope said: “I don’t know if he managed to leave that concentration camp, because refugee camps – many of them – are concentration… because there is a great number of people left there inside them.”
The term concentration camp pre-dates World War 2, but these days it brings to mind the Holocaust, Nazi atrocities of torture and starvation, and the genocide of 5 to 6 million Jews and others. Because of this, the American Jewish Committee said the Pope should rethink his “regrettable” reference to concentration camps.
Pope Francis has been vocal in encouraging the acceptance of Muslim refugees, even calling those who do not want to let them in hypocrites. “It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help,” he said, according to The Catholic News Service. “If I say I am Christian, but do these things, I’m a hypocrite.”
Not everyone thinks accepting Muslims into western countries is a good idea, however. “The Pope continues to exhort Europeans to commit civilizational suicide, and doesn’t hesitate to shame them into it by claiming it’s their Christian duty,” said Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch.