The Pope blessed palm and olive branches in St. Peter’s Square in Rome before tens of thousands of people to commemorate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem the week before the crowd turned against him and he was crucified.
Recounting the suffering of Jesus Christ, Francis paralleled that to the plight of refugees.
“I am thinking of so many other people, so many marginalized people, so many asylum seekers, so many refugees. There are so many who don’t want to take responsibility for their destiny,” the Pope said.
Francis was referring to Europe’s closing of its borders trapping tens of thousands in Greece.
Last week, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) sent 1,500 migrants back to Greece after they illegally crossed to the neighboring country. The closing of the borders has led to more than 50,000 refugees and migrants being trapped in Greece and living under squalid conditions.