“What’s happening on Lesbos cannot be tolerated, especially at Christmas”, Cardinal Reinhard Marx has denounced.
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“Something must soon be done to end the dire situation” on the Greek island, Marx, the German Bishops’ President, told KNA December 23.
The cardinal was referring to the tragedy of the 40,000 refugees now struggling to survive on the islands in the eastern Aegean Sea in camps with a capacity of 7,500.
The Greek Government has raised the alarm for those 40,000 forcibly displaced people – including 4,000 unaccompanied minors – and has described the humanitarian situation as dramatic.
“The situation on Lesbos is intolerable from a humanitarian point of view”, denounced Marx.
The Archbishop of Munich and Freising called for a pan-European solution on the welcome of migrants from which no state would be exempt.
The Church in Germany is also ready to help, “wherever possible”, added Marx, recalling the many projects of the Church aid agency Caritas already in progress on the ground.
Archbishop of Cologne Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki seconded Marx’s plea to help the refugees on Lesbos.
“I think that these people really need to be helped, and not sometime, but now”, Woelki told domradio December 23, backing also German Greens party leader Robert Habeck’s call to bring some of the unaccompanied children on Lesbos to Germany.
On the refugee camps on the continent’s border, Woelki added, “Europe must finally act here and we must not transfer responsibility to others!”
“Even with money we cannot free ourselves from our responsibility, by pushing that [responsibility] on others”, the cardinal warned.