On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Christian, and Hindu refugees, the gesture of service Jesus performed on his disciples before his crucifixion. Francis contrasted that gesture with the “gesture of destruction” carried out by the Brussels attackers, saying they wanted to destroy the brotherhood of humanity.
Speaking off the cuff in the windy courtyard of the refugee center, the Pope said, “”All of us, together: Muslims, Hindi, Catholics, Copts, Evangelicals. But brothers, children of the same God. We want to live in peace, integrated.” [Photo from a video by KMGH]
Let us all take the Pope’s message to heart, especially those of us who want to close borders to anyone who is not “just like us.”
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Bishkek, The Kyrgyz Republic
1 April 2016