Pope Francis ended his two-day visit to Morocco with strong words in defense of migrants.
As many media organizations report, Pope Francis voiced sympathy for voters in many European countries who have elected governments that are now cracking down on asylum seekers, but he suggested many voters were victims of demagogues.
Among European leaders, the pope singled out Greece’s left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who he said had told him that “human rights are more important than agreements” limiting immigration. “That phrase deserves the Nobel Prize,” the pope said.
Greece’s government is currently holding tens of thousands of refugees and other migrants in camps in accordance with an agreement between the European Union and Turkey to stem migration from the Middle East to Europe.