Pope speaks out for immigrants in Christmas Eve message

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Pope Francis has strongly defended immigrants saying faith demands foreigners be welcomed.
Mary and Joseph, he said, were immigrants, who struggled to find a safe place to stay in Bethlehem. According to the pope
"So many other footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary," 
"They had to leave their people, their home and their land," Francis told an audience at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. "This was no comfortable or easy journey for a young couple about to have a child ... At heart, they were full of hope and expectation because of the child about to be born; yet their steps were weighed down by the uncertainties and dangers that attend those who have to leave their home behind."
"We see the tracks of entire families forced to set out in our own day. We see the tracks of millions of persons who do not choose to go away, but driven from their land, leave behind their dear ones."
"This is the joy that we tonight are called to share, to celebrate and to proclaim. The joy with which God, in his infinite mercy, has embraced us pagans, sinners and foreigners, and demands that we do the same."

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