Pope Fran­cis marks Palm Sun­day with mi­grant lament

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Vat­i­can City: Pope Fran­cis in his Palm Sun­day homily de­cried what he called in­dif­fer­ence to the refugees flood­ing into Europe, mak­ing a com­par­i­son to au­thor­i­ties who washed their hands of Je­sus’ fate ahead of his cru­ci­fix­ion. Be­fore cel­e­brat­ing an out­door Mass, Fran­cis led a pro­ces­sion through St. Peter’s Square to usher in Holy Week, the solemn pe­riod lead­ing to Easter. Faith­ful Catholics clutch­ing olive branches and braided palm fronds re­ceived his bless­ing. Fran­cis aban­doned his homily text to lament Europe’s han­dling of the in­flux of mi­grants and asy­lum­seek­ers flee­ing war, per­se­cu­tion or poverty from Syria, Iraq, Africa and else­where. CBS

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