“I would … like to draw attention to the tens of thousands of children who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence: This is a category of migrants from Central America and Mexico itself who cross the border with the United States under extreme conditions and in pursuit of a hope that in most cases turns out to be vain,” Pope Francis has said in a letter to a global conference in Mexico. “They are increasing day by day. This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected.”
But he also asks for an information campaign aimed at the children and their parents and tells the countries of Central America to do more to stop the suffering: “These measures, however, will not be sufficient, unless they are accompanied by policies that inform people about the dangers of such a journey and, above all, that promote development in their countries of origin.”
To read the pope’s letter in full, go here.
Take my mother-in-law, please.
Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, archbishop of Genoa and head of Italy’s bishops conference, is making headlines with his warning to men: Grow up.
If husbands remain too close to their mothers, their marriages will be shaky, the cardinal told a regional Catholic tribunal last week, according to the Telegraph. “When you rely totally on your parents for every step, a spouse does not know what to do or not to do because he’s constantly seeking the consensus of a third person,” Bagnasco said.
Monsignor Paolo Rigon, one of the tribunal judges, agreed. “Psychologically, the parent becomes the true spouse and the person he married is replaced,” he said.