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    Pope Francis: Migrant centres are ‘like concentration camps’

    Updated: April 23, 2017 at 4:24 pm EST  See Comments

    SBS — Pope Francis has urged governments to get migrants and refugees out of holding centres, saying many had become “concentration camps”.

    During a visit to a Rome basilica, where he met migrants, Francis told of his trip to a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year.

    He met a Muslim refugee from the Middle East there who told him how “terrorists came to our country”.

    Islamists had slit the throat of the man’s Christian wife because she refused to throw her crucifix on the ground.

    “I don’t know if he managed to leave that concentration camp, because refugee camps, many of them, are of concentration (type) because of the great number of people left there inside them,” the pope said.

    The American Jewish Committee later urged the pope “to reconsider his regrettable choice of words” for using the term concentration camp.

    “The conditions in which migrants are currently living in some European countries may well be difficult, and deserve still greater international attention, but concentration camps they certainly are not,” the AJC’s head, David Harris, said.

    “The Nazis and their allies erected and used concentration camps for slave labour and the extermination of millions of people during World War II. There is no comparison to the magnitude of that tragedy,” he said.


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    It’s unbelievable and it’s disrespectful to say such a thing. He is a satanic puppy and he uses every opportunity to press people to do… Read more »

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