Pope Francis told an audience of EU leaders: “What has happened to the Europe of humanism, the champion of human rights?”

The Pope has warned Europe to stop thinking of migrants as criminals in a hard-hitting speech in front of EU leaders.

Pope Francis urged member states to stay united and not “put up fences”.

And he slammed the loss of focus on human rights as the continent deals with the huge influx of migrants from war-torn Syria and elsewhere.

He told an audience including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: “I dream of a Europe that cares for children, that offers help to the poor and those newcomers who have lost everything and need shelter … of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime.”

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