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What ICMC Is up To
ICMC in the News
ICMC elected its first Asian president, Christine Nathan, a member of the Migrant and Labour Commission of the Archdiocese of Bombay in India, reports Radio Veritas Asia. An education and labor specialist, she sees fighting discrimination and protecting migrant workers’ rights as key areas for ICMC.
ICMC can “give a face” to the care that the Church offers to migrants and refugees worldwide, Pope Francis told the organization at the start of its Plenary Council meeting on 30 May. He thanked ICMC for helping the Church respond to migration challenges over the past 70 years, such as in Ukraine.
As well as swift assistance, humanitarian corridors need to be established in Ukraine to allow safe passage for those affected by the war, ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert Vitillo says in this interview in Italian with Vatican News about the Catholic response to forced displacement in the area.
Our Members in the News
Attention should be given to whether countries are domesticating international refugee law and welcome practices and promoting acceptance of forcibly displaced people, said South African Archbishop Buti Tlhagale in a World Refugee Day statement from the Episcopal migrant office.
In conjunction with World Refugee Day, the Bishops of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands called for rapid action to facilitate documentation for and integration of West Papuan refugees. Their statement also addressed the plight of IDPs and migrant workers, and the risk of human trafficking.
Refugees personify Jesus who taught that the stranger should be welcomed, Filipino Bishop Ruperto C. Santos said, in a call for compassion for the forcibly displaced. Ahead of World Refugee Day, the Episcopal migrant commission pledged to support newcomers as they integrate and rebuild their lives.