It’s unfortunate that 23 young Cubans used World Youth Day as an opportunity to seek asylum in Canada, organizers of the Toronto event say.

But that celebration is an extremely religious and pious occasion, Paul Kilbertus, WYD communications director, told globeandmail.com Tuesday. Refugee-seekers were neither planned nor welcomed.

But a spokesperson for the Cuban Council of Catholic Bishops, an organization that signed visas for the young pilgrims, doubts their claims of persecution.

“I think they really are just young professionals, educated Cubans, who are looking for economic enrichment,” said Orlando Diaz. Catholics in Cuba face neither threat of imprisonment nor violence, he said.

And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. Go and do likewise.(Luke 10:30-32. Canadian Revised Parable of the Good Samaritan)

UPDATE: Please read this before making dumb snap judgements like me.