He went to the besieged Italian island in 2013 and put on a great show of “welcome” to the mostly illegal aliens coming from Africa and the Middle East.
He said mass and lectured the world about indifference to our brothers and sisters, while the struggling elected officials of Lampedusa tried to tell anyone who would listen that they couldn’t manage the hordes anymore—the cost, the crime, all of it.
From the New York Times (entitled: ‘Pope offers mass on island beacon for refugees‘)
ROME — Pope Francis traveled on Monday to Lampedusa, the tiny Mediterranean island that has become a gateway to Europe for thousands of desperate asylum seekers and migrants, as well as an unknown number of others who have died during the perilous crossing from North Africa.
It was the pope’s first official trip outside Rome, and he used it to draw attention to a continuing humanitarian problem while chiding the world for its indifference.
“These brothers and sisters of ours were trying to leave difficult situations to find a little serenity and peace….
We wrote about his scolding here.
Now that Rome itself is overloaded with demanding third-worlders (mostly young Muslim men who came in through Lampedusa, by the way), and its citizens are rioting against the loss of their neighborhoods and their way of life, the Pope seems, what? Surprised? What did he expect!
Now, he says, we have a “social emergency!”
From Yahoo News:
Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Sunday described violent attacks on refugees in Rome as symptomatic of a “social emergency” that will only get worse if it is not addressed.
Addressing the crowds in St Peter’s Square after his weekly Angelus sermon, the pontiff urged authorities and church officials to work to calm tensions after several days of mob attacks on a holding centre for asylum speakers in a rundown neighbourhood of the Italian capital.
“In recent days in Rome there have been quite strong tensions between residents and immigrants,” the pontiff said, in a reference to the unrest in the Tor Sapienza district.
“These are things that can happen in different European cities, particularly in peripheral neighbourhoods already suffering from other problems. [So why didn’t he see that when he essentially invited the masses to Italy in 2013?—ed]
“I call on the authorities, at every level, to address what now constitutes a social emergency which, if not dealt with soon in an adequate manner, risks degenerating further.
See our report (Saturday) on “the scene of some of the worst scenes of anti-immigrant violence witnessed in Europe for years.”
See also our complete archive on the ‘Invasion of Europe.’