Francis tells migrant-averse Poland to 'overcome fear,' welcome strangers

July 27, 2016 6:40 PM

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Francis tells migrant-averse Poland to 'overcome fear,' welcome strangers

Pope Francis issued a challenge to Polish leaders on the first of a five-day visit to the country Wednesday, asking the government of the eastern European nation to be more welcoming to migrants fleeing persecution and war.

The pope addressed President Andrzej Duda and the country's political elite, saying that the "complex phenomenon" of the millions of people coming to Europe from the Middle East and North Africa requires the Polish people "to overcome fear and to achieve the greater good."

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