“It is a violation of human rights to force people to be in a concentration camp”, denounces Marie Doutrepont, who has witnessed first-hand the “shame of Europe” on Lesbos
The Orthodox Archbishop of Athens has ripped the EU for its “repressive” refugee policies, and said that “welcoming the stranger is an integral part of Christian heritage”.
Fires at the Moria reception centre for asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesbos have left thousands of people without shelter.
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.
In the Angelus on Sunday, and in the wake of this week’s tragic fires in the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, Pope Francis pleaded for “a humane and dignified welcome” for refugees in Europe.
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.
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.
Pope Francis has warned that “no one can remain indifferent” to migrant “tragedies” the day after a tragic fire in a refugee camp on Lesbos.
Two cardinals and an archbishop have said that “Europe should be ashamed” after a devastating fire in a Greek island migrant camp.
Yesterday July 30 a new temporary mission of the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters left to tend to the refugees on Lesbos.
“The adverse repercussions of the virus on the economy will not be bearable for long”, the president of Caritas Greece has alerted the EU.
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has warned that the situation for asylum seekers on Lesbos is a “health bomb” due to the coronavirus threat.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Caritas Europa and the Jesuit Refugee Service Europe have called for the evacuation of refugee camps on the Greek islands.
The Italian Jesuit Service for Refugees and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have denounced the death in a fire of a six-year-old girl in the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.
Refugees in France and Greece are at special risk of contracting coronavirus as the pandemic sweeps through the entire continent of Europe, to Russia and beyond.
The Presidents of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) are praying from deliverance from the coronavirus pandemic as Churches in Europe are increasing precautions – albeit with some exceptions.
Pope Francis today in the general audience pleaded for the coronavirus “epidemic” not to obscure the plight of the “poor Syrians… suffering on the Greek-Turkish border”. A people, the Pope said of the Syrians, “who have been suffering for years” and who are “forced to flee from war, hunger, and disease”.
Last week demonstrations by the Far Left took place in Athens and other cities of Greece. Their demand was the abolition of borders and the unconditional entry of refugees and immigrants in Greece.
The German Churches have criticised as “disgraceful” the EU response to the Greece-Turkey migrant crisis.
“There is no biblical or theological, canonical or liturgical, patristic or pastoral reason for the contemporary Church to delay or obstruct the full restoration of the historical institution of deaconesses.”
Austrian and Swiss bishops, along with various Church groups, are urging “solidarity and human rights” in the Greek-Turkish migrant crisis.
Following a deal reached between the European Union and Turkey in March 2016, Turkey has been taking measures to prevent migrants – many of them fleeing the conflict in Syria – from reaching the EU, in exchange for European aid for migrants and refugees, and for relaxation of EU visa requirements for Turkish citizens.
Novena reader and contributor from Athens George Karpouzas has written to us on Facebook regarding an article published on this website March 4 and entitled “Greek Church deplores migrant pincer on Turkey border as Catholic support for refugees floods in from Europe”.
Catholic Church groups are pleading for a “united Europe of humanity” in the face of the refugee tragedy on Greece’s land and sea borders.
Church groups and civil NGOs have warned the EU over the Turkey-Greece migrant crisis, urging that “this game, played by the powerful, is putting innocent human lives at risk. It must stop now”.
The Greek Church has deplored a migrant pincer on that country’s border with Turkey as Catholic support for the refugees caught in the trap floods in from all over Europe.