A cardinal has called for a “change in mentality” among Catholics on the subject of migration, saying the widespread human mobility in our world today is “not a crime, but a right” and “not a problem, but an opportunity”.
“In a world where everyone wants to be right, there’s no more room for listening”, Pope Francis has lamented in the third video released by the Vatican Migrants and Refugees Section ahead of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
When migrants are being evicted from Calais, ‘People not Walls’ has pleaded for those fleeing from persecution to be given access to claim asylum in the UK.
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”.
“Ten Years Looking the Other Way” is the title of the new annual report on the detention of irregular migrants of JRS Europe’s partner in Spain, the Jesuit Migrant Service (Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes, SJM).
The Holy See has reiterated its commitment to dialogue and working with others to find concrete solutions to mass migration and refugee movements, in order to preserve human lives and dignity, alleviate human suffering and advance an authentic integral development.
Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, the infamous 1994 apostolic letter by Pope St. John Paul II on “reserving priestly ordination to men alone,” was a brutal abuse of religious authority.
Today the Church recalls the 7th anniversary of Pope Francis’ historic and moving visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa, a journey he undertook just four months after being elected Pope and where he denounced that the Mediterranean migrant tragedy was “a painful thorn in my heart”.
“God created me as I am”, a trans man convert from Catholicism turned Protestant pastor is celebrating.
JRS Ireland has launched a new study which identifies mechanisms for system change to end the Direct Provision asylum system.
It is not surprising that social services and assistance projects of all sorts pop up at the beginning of summer in Italy in an effort to accompany the many elderly people left alone in the cities during the hot months of July and August when families go on holiday and support systems close.
The Spanish Jesuits have shown their support for LGBT Pride, publishing an article on their website encouraging homosexual people by saying “each person has to be proud to be as God created them”.
The history of the Church shows us how the instrumentalisation of Christianity by politics has been a recurring fact.
Caritas Internationalis, the global confederation of Catholic charities, has appealed to the world’s political leaders to accept refugees in a dignified and safe way, ensuring their basic needs are met and providing them with safe living conditions especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Jesus is present in each person forced to flee to safety”, Pope Francis recalled this Saturday, World Refugee Day.
Church relief and development agency Caritas Europa is pushing the EU to honour its commitment to resettle 30,000 refugees in 2020, warning that now “more than ever” in the context of COVID-19 “we need global solidarity towards those fleeing war, crisis and persecution”.
Giulia Cicoli is the co-founder and programs director of Still I Rise, an NGO that provides education and protection to vulnerable child and adolescent refugees in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Kenya and Mexico.
An Austrian theologian is pushing for sacramental blessings for same-sex couples, saying that God brings them together.
More than 4,500 people have signed in support of a female theologian’s bid to be the next Archbishop of Lyon.
“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 situation of women in the Church is scandalous”, a female candidate to be the next Archbishop of Lyon has deplored.
“Most Catholics, starting with the Pope, favour a recognition of the role of women” in the Church, a member of the new Vatican female deacons commission has affirmed.
To put a stop to clericalism and abuse in the Church, a female theologian has put her hand up to be the next Archbishop of Lyon.
On gays in the Church, “we must never forget that every difference is embraced by the love of God, who does not discriminate”, Italian cardinal Matteo Zuppi has said.
The Centro Astalli – the Italian Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) – has accused the EU of a “shameful tug of war” over migrants.
The Jesuit Service to Migrants (SJM) in Spain is urging the Spanish government not to resume immigration detention after the COVID-19 pandemic dies down, citing legal, humanitarian and health concerns as reasons for its appeal.
“God did not want the resources of our planet to benefit only a few. This was not the Lord’s will!”, Pope Francis has cried in a message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees to be celebrated September 27.