In his weekly audience at the Vatican, Pope Francis calls for solidarity with the migrants and refugees now flooding into Europe. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Pope Francis on Wednesday (October 26) urged nations not to close their doors to migrants and refugees. Conducting his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, the pope also called on people to carry out acts of solidarity towards migrants. "In some parts of the world walls and barriers are coming up. It seems sometimes that the silent work of the many men and women who, in diverse ways, are doing their utmost to help and assist refugees and migrants is obscured by the noise of others who are giving a voice to an instinctive egoism. But closing up is not the solution, in fact, it ends up helping criminal trafficking. The only solution is that of solidarity. Solidarity," Francis said, prompting an applause from the large crowds gathered in the square. The pope has made defence of migrants a major plank of his papacy. The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, has often urged Catholic parishes in Europe to host them, with limited success. In April, after visiting a migrant camp in Greece, the pope brought three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome with him