Pope Francis -- in his Palm Sunday homily today (March 20, 2016) -- decried what he called indifference to the refugees flooding into Europe, making a comparison to authorities who washed their hands of Jesus' fate ahead of His crucifixion, according to the CBS News website.
Before celebrating an outdoor Mass, Francis led a procession through St. Peter's Square to usher in Catholic Holy Week, the solemn period leading to Easter.
Francis abandoned his homily text to lament Europe's handling of the influx of migrants and asylum-seekers fleeing war, persecution, or poverty from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.
Jesus was "denied every justice... because nobody wanted to take on the responsibility for His destiny," the pope said. "And I am thinking of so many people... many don't want to assume responsibility for their destiny," Francis said in a clear reference to Europe's migrant crisis. Several European countries have built fences along their borders in order to prevent migrants from entering.