|Pope Francis greets refugees during a visit to the Astalli Center of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Rome Sept. 10. (CNS/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)|
"Solidarity, this word that strikes fear in the more developed world," he said. "They try not to say it. It's almost a dirty word for them. But it is our word!"
He also said that solidarity is "a word that is too often forgotten or silenced, because it is uncomfortable.”
He called for more solidarity in the world in his first New Year blessing, "We all have a responsibility to act so that the world may be a community of brothers who respect each other, who accept their diversity and who take care of one another." Ok, so it would have been nice to have the word sisters in there, but I appreciate the call.
Entertainingly, he also said that the internet is a gift from God that can help us build solidarity.