Tension is high on the Greek island of Lesbos with thousands of migrants sleeping rough after last week’s refugee centre fires and local residents worried about coronavirus fears and social strife.
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski is leading the Church outrage over the Moria refugee camp fires, denouncing that “inhumane” EU migrant policy is “killing” new arrivals to the continent.
In a discourse delivered to the final meeting of the 28th Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Economic and Environmental Forum, Archbishop Charles Balvo, apostolic nuncio to the Czech Republic and head of the Holy See’s delegation, underlined that “corruption is a real danger to the peace and security of our OSCE region.”
Approximately 13,000 migrants fled the overcrowded Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos as giant fires ripped through it on Tuesday night and again on Wednesday.
Two cardinals and an archbishop have said that “Europe should be ashamed” after a devastating fire in a Greek island migrant camp.
Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich has said that the COVID-19 pandemic is the right time to settle the debt Europe has accrued with Africa after having exploited its resources.
Luis Ritto was from 2006 to 2011 the ambassador of the European Union to the Holy See. Today, he is the professor emeritus of the International School for Protocol and Diplomacy (ISPD) in Brussels, Belgium.
The bishops of the European Union (EU) have expressed deep shock and sadness at the devastating explosions in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday.
According to Caritas Internationalis, the number of people falling prey to human trafficking has increased to a “worrying” level due to coronavirus lockdown measures.
In most of the Western media, the focus on the COVID-19 attack has concerned government policies, their character, efficacy, and extent—as well as their economic cost.
The President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, has expressed his appreciation for the approval of a European Union coronavirus recovery fund.
Cardinal Hollerich has hit out at a “new selfishness” in Europe, saying that “we cannot be Christians without having in our hearts the people who need help”.
The Holy See’s delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is calling for freedom and protection of the media, to advance “truth, freedom, justice and solidarity in society”.
The Holy See’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has called for the prevention of corruption amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Europe, after months of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, countries are slowly getting back on their feet. But they are also facing a very different economic outlook, with nations bracing themselves for the biggest downturn in decades.
“Justice must not be just a slogan”, EU Bishops have warned the bloc on the economic and social recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.
In an OSCE event on intolerance, the Vatican has complained of “de facto discriminatory treatment” of Christians during COVID-19.
“May your example ignite in society a renewed desire to promote an authentic culture of welcome and solidarity”, Pope Francis wrote to the Italian Jesuit Refugee Service.
The EU Bishops of COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, have criticised the “self-centric” actions of member states during the COVID-19 pandemic and urged them to adopt a new Brussels-proposed rescue fund.
The COVID-19 crisis “is nothing compared to the difficulties that will be caused by climate change”, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich has warned.
We are concerned that several states are using the COVID-19 crisis as a pretext to suspend the human rights of displaced people.
Pope Francis turned his thoughts to Europe on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950.
In a message to mark Europe Day this May 9 and the 75th anniversary yesterday of the end of World War II, the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials has urged the EU not to return to the “old normal” after COVID-19 but instead to work for “radical change” by bringing about “effective solidarity with the poor, the natural environment and future generations”.
On the occasion of Europe Day this May 9, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich has exhorted the continent to “solidarity and charity” to beat the “virus of nationalism and egoism”.
The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, or COMECE, has today alerted in a press release that “freedom of religion is at stake” in ongoing COVID-19 church closures, at the same time it called on governments to reopen churches in “a clear and non-arbitrary way, in full respect of and in dialogue with ecclesial institutions”, in the words of its General Secretary, Father Manuel Barrios Prieto.
Oranges and strawberries rotting in the fields, empty shelves in our supermarkets, and ‘invisible’ workers living in unsanitary conditions putting their own – and society’s – safety at risk is a reality Caritas Europa is asking EU member states to address by recognising the rights of migrant farm workers.
A lack of solidarity during the coronavirus crisis could be the “fatal wound” to the European Union project, one of the continent’s top cardinals has warned.
“We’ve experienced this before”, East European Catholics who suffered through communism have warned with regard to coronavirus lockdowns.