The new Pact on Asylum and Migration: An Opportunity Seized or Squandered?
The German Churches have christened their ship for refugee rescue in the Mediterranean, justifying their actions by saying that “when people drown, we have to help”.
At the invitation of the Italian Episcopal Conference, various leaders of the Churches of the Mediterranean region have been meeting in Bari, Italy this past week. Pope Francis joined them on Sunday morning and offered words of encouragement and vision.
From their Bari synod, the bishops of the Mediterranean have denounced that European “economic interests” in the region “do not always reflect evangelical principles”.
Three leading Cardinals have called for European Episcopal Conferences to help relocate refugees stuck in Lesbos and other reception camps in Greece.
On the first day of their Bari ‘synod’ Wednesday, 60 bishops from 20 countries around the Mediterranean deplored the “economic and interested wall” dividing the countries around that sea.
A Spanish-Moroccan cardinal has blasted Europe for holding to a “nearsighted, selfish, individualistic and unfair” migration policy.
A Vatican and an Italian cardinal are looking forward to the Bari ‘synod’ that begins today with bishops from all around the ‘Mare Nostrum’ as the start of a “great Mediterranean spring”.
Libya has been at war for almost nine years: government versus militias, both supported by foreign powers. The “Berlin Conference” in mid-January wanted to make a breakthrough. But the most important agreements didn’t even last a week.
On 13 February 2020, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights found that Spain did not violate the European Convention on Human Rights by immediately returning to Morocco people who had irregularly crossed the border into Melilla (one of Spain’s enclave in North Africa).
“The Mediterranean has forgotten its vocation to hospitality”, the Vicar Apostolic in Turkey has lamented.
An alliance of German Churches has bought a ship it hopes to fit out as soon as possible to be able to rescue refugees drowning in the Mediterranean.
National populists argue for Catholicism’s “inherent” nationalism and Euroscepticism as the American and European far-right seek to expand their influence.
Albania bishops met with representatives of the European Union and of the Church to discuss challenges and opportunities for Albania’s EU integration.
A COMECE delegation met with judges of the Court of Justice of the EU to discuss Church-State relations and the increasing impact of the Court’s jurisprudence.