Pope Francis wants to show support for immigrants

While Pope Francis does not have plans to visit Mexico this year, his future trip to the country may include him walking across the US-Mexico border to show support for immigrants. “To enter the United States from the border with Mexico would be a beautiful gesture of brotherhood and support for immigrants,” Francis said, according to The Huffington Post. Francis’ 2015 travel plans do not include Mexico, but they do include three cities in the US: Philadelphia, New York, and Washington DC. He will arrive in the US in September. SEE ALSO: California’s Junipero Serra could become America’s new saint Although the details of the trip have yet to be confirmed, organizers are already pushing for appearances at Ground Zero, the White House, the United Nations, and even a Mass at Madison Square Garden, reported NBC News. The Argentinian pope did express regret that a trip to the US-Mexico border isn’t on his itinerary for his first official visit to the United States, but he said the issue is simply a lack of time. “You know that [to] go to Mexico without going to visit the Madonna [of Guadalupe] would be a drama. A war could break out,” he joked. “I think there will only be those three cities. Later there will be time to go to Mexico.”   In addition to those three East Coast cities, the popular pontiff also plans to travel to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay in 2015. Next year, he has plans to travel to Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. Of course, these plans are still tentative. Pope Francis has expressed compassion and support for immigrants in the past, especially to those traveling to the United States. Last year, more than 60,000 unaccompanied minors traveled from Central America to the US, which caused a controversial border crisis. Francis urged support for the young migrants. SEE ALSO: Is Pope Francis safe amid a Dan Brown Vatican thriller setting? “This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected,” Pope Francis said last year in the midst of the crisis. “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.” As for the cities that Francis will visit this year, there is excitement amongst both Catholics and non-Catholics for the pope’s visit. A December poll by Saint Leo University found that 88 percent of US Catholics approved of the pope, while 6 out of 10 non-Catholics also shared a positive view of Pope Francis.The post Pope Francis wants to show support for immigrants appeared first on Voxxi.

Pope Francis waves to thousands of followers as he arrives at the Manila Cathedral on January 16, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Getty Images)

While Pope Francis does not have plans to visit Mexico this year, his future trip to the country may include him walking across the US-Mexico border to show support for immigrants.

“To enter the United States from the border with Mexico would be a beautiful gesture of brotherhood and support for immigrants,” Francis said, according to The Huffington Post.

Francis’ 2015 travel plans do not include Mexico, but they do include three cities in the US: Philadelphia, New York, and Washington DC. He will arrive in the US in September.

SEE ALSO: California’s Junipero Serra could become America’s new saint

Although the details of the trip have yet to be confirmed, organizers are already pushing for appearances at Ground Zero, the White House, the United Nations, and even a Mass at Madison Square Garden, reported NBC News.

The Argentinian pope did express regret that a trip to the US-Mexico border isn’t on his itinerary for his first official visit to the United States, but he said the issue is simply a lack of time.

“You know that [to] go to Mexico without going to visit the Madonna [of Guadalupe] would be a drama. A war could break out,” he joked. “I think there will only be those three cities. Later there will be time to go to Mexico.”

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In addition to those three East Coast cities, the popular pontiff also plans to travel to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay in 2015. Next year, he has plans to travel to Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. Of course, these plans are still tentative.

Pope Francis has expressed compassion and support for immigrants in the past, especially to those traveling to the United States.

Last year, more than 60,000 unaccompanied minors traveled from Central America to the US, which caused a controversial border crisis. Francis urged support for the young migrants.

SEE ALSO: Is Pope Francis safe amid a Dan Brown Vatican thriller setting?

“This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected,” Pope Francis said last year in the midst of the crisis. “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.”

As for the cities that Francis will visit this year, there is excitement amongst both Catholics and non-Catholics for the pope’s visit.

A December poll by Saint Leo University found that 88 percent of US Catholics approved of the pope, while 6 out of 10 non-Catholics also shared a positive view of Pope Francis.

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