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Pope offers ‘prudent’ new take on refugees

At Crux, Thomas Williams hailed a “watershed” moment in the Pope’s teaching on refugees. His comments in Sweden, Williams argued, were a turning point in his thought. The Pope told journalists that Sweden was welcoming to refugees but that governments also had to be “prudent” in their response.

The Pontiff spoke of the dangers of ghettoisation, saying that it was necessary to ensure migrants were integrated into wider society. “In theory no one should close their heart to a refugee, but those who govern must also exercise prudence,” the Pope said.

Williams said the Pope’s remarks were impressively “nuanced” and showed “that he is willing to learn from the experience of those on the ground”.

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