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Pope Puts His Money Where the Migrants Are

Francis donates $500K in humanitarian aid for those stranded at the US-Mexico border
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 28, 2019 6:18 AM CDT
Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 24, 2019.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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(Newser) – Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to help migrants in Mexico, reports the AP, offering assistance to local projects that provide food, lodging, and basic necessities. The funds, from the Peter's Pence collections, will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by 16 Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, Peter's Pence said in a statement.

In recent months, thousands of migrants have arrived in Mexico, traveling on foot or with makeshift vehicles from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. "Men and women, often with young children, flee poverty and violence, hoping for a better future in the United States. However, the US border remains closed to them," says the statement, per CNN. In particular, the aid is intended to assist the more than 75,000 people who arrived in Mexico in 2018, in six migrant caravans. "All these people were stranded, unable to enter the United States, without a home or livelihood," the statement says.

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