At the end of his weekly Angelus address Sunday, Pope Francis praised Greece and other “front line” countries for their reception of migrants, while urging the rest of the European Union (EU) to be more “generous” in taking in refugees.

“The plight of refugees fleeing wars and other inhuman situations has always been present in my prayer, and yours,” the Pope said to a crowd of thousands in Saint Peter’s Square.

“In particular, Greece and other countries that are on the front line are offering them generous assistance,” he said, “which requires the cooperation of all nations.”

In reference to recent debates regarding the “equitable” relocation of migrants throughout EU nations, the Pope said that “a unified response can be effective and distribute the weight evenly. For this we need to focus firmly and unreservedly on the negotiations.”

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