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ICMC in the News
On the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, the ICMC Secretary General welcomed Pope Francis’s call for Catholics to walk together with uprooted people. It is important to highlight the Christian responsibility to welcome the stranger, Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo said in an interview with Vatican News.
ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo was in Washington, D.C., on 11 September 2001. Twenty years later, he reflects on his memories of that day and on its long-term effects. “We need the slow building of trust and respect for the dignity of all human beings,” he urges in this interview in German.
Walls and hostile policies won’t deter people fleeing war, persecution or poverty, says ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo in an interview about responses to migration. “Towards an Ever Wider We,” the theme of this year’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees, offers a different approach.
Our Members in the News
The international community must make migration policy humane and address factors driving forced displacement, the German Bishops’ Conference outlined with the Evangelical Church in Germany in a second-ever common word on migration. The paper advocates for sea rescue and against human trafficking.
More compassion is needed for people displaced by violence so they not only find refuge but also a welcoming community where they can rebuild their lives, said South African Bishop Peter Holiday. On the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, he urged Catholics to meet refugees with God’s love.
Mexican Bishops appealed to authorities to end “practices of militarization and repression against migrants” in a statement from a gathering of coordinators of pastoral care to uprooted people. Migration policy must focus on humanitarian response rather than containing migration, they said.