Pope Francis: Seek forgiveness for shutting out refugees

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A group of 300 sub-Saharan Africans sit in board a boat during a rescue operation by the Italian Finance Police vessel Di Bartolo (not pictured) off the coast of Sicily, on May 14, 2015. Around 1100 migrants were rescued off the coast of Sicily, about 130 miles from Lampedusa, according to the police. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi 
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-IMMIGRANTS, originally transmitted on June 17, 2015.

A group of 300 sub-Saharan Africans sit in board a boat during a rescue operation by the Italian Finance Police vessel Di Bartolo (not pictured) off the coast of Sicily, on May 14, 2015. Around 1100 migrants were rescued off the coast of Sicily, about 130 miles from Lampedusa, according to the police. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-IMMIGRANTS, originally transmitted on June 17, 2015.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Drawing attention to the U.N.’s World Refugee Day this Saturday, Pope Francis said people who shut out refugees should seek forgiveness.