Pope Warns: ISIS Exploiting Refugees To Sneak Into EuropeCAGLIARI, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: Pope Francis delivers his speech during a meeting with young people on September 22, 2013 in Cagliari, Italy. Pope Francis heads to Cagliari on the Italian island of Sardinia for a pastoral visit that includes celebrating mass at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria. The Pope announced in May that he wished to visit the Marian Shrine of Bonaria or 'Good Air' because it gave his hometown of Buenos Aires its name. During his 10-hour visit to the city of Cagliari, the Pope will also meet workers, business representatives, prisoners, the poor, young people, leading representatives from the world of culture and the island's Catholic bishops. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
This week Pope Francis warned nations that ISIS and other terrorist groups may try to exploit refugees to get into Europe.
This comes shortly after the Roman Pontiff advocated for nations to take in displaced refugees from Syria.
“It’s true, I also want to recognize that, nowadays, territorial security conditions are not the same as they were in other periods (of mass migration)… The truth is that just 250 miles from Sicily there is an incredibly cruel terrorist group. So there is a danger of infiltration, this is true…Yes, nobody said Rome would be immune to this threat. But you can take precautions.”
Is the Pope right? Can we be both compassionate and safe?
More from the Christian Times:
Although he earlier encouraged Catholic churches in Europe to take in refugees from the strife-torn parts of the Middle East, Pope Francis has warned European countries that the present migrant crisis may be used by terrorist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to sneak into the continent.
In an interview published on Monday with the Portuguese Catholic broadcaster Radio Renascenca, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church said that while European countries should be compassionate with the refugees, they should also carefully guard their borders against the ISIS, which has been killing and persecuting Christians.