Calling for more visas and the opening of humanitarian corridors, Spanish Bishops plead on plight of refugees: “We cannot remain oblivious to their pain”
Holy See representative to UN in Geneva says exclusion of people on the move “a glaring contradiction that stems from placing economic interests over the interests of the human person”
“We must reject the ruinous ideologies of indifference, invisibility and individualism”, clamours undersecretary of Vatican Migrants and Refugees Section
“We see the face of Jesus in the faces of the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, strangers and prisoners; Christ calls us to help”, Pope Francis has recalled.
“Let’s welcome migrants with humanity, fraternity and solidarity. Let’s give them a place at our table”, said Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, President of COMECE, on the eve of the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will be celebrated on Sunday 27 September 2020.
Jesuit Cardinal Michael Czerny, the under-secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, has warned that the challenge of migratory movements due to global warming will only become even more pronounced in the future.
“Migrants are a necessity and an asset for Portugal”, a bishop has proclaimed from the Marian sanctuary of Fátima.
“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.
“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.
We are concerned that several states are using the COVID-19 crisis as a pretext to suspend the human rights of displaced people.
The “fundamental orientation” of the Vatican’s new Pastoral Orientations on Internally Displaced People “is to open our eyes and discover the displaced people nearby and far away”, says Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ, Under-secretary at the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
The Catholic relief and development network Caritas Internationalis has warned that the number of starving people in the world could double as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and could reach as high as 230 million.