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ICMC in the News
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.
At a gathering of EU and other political representatives in Rome on 29 April, ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert Vitillo reported on Catholic assistance to those forcibly displaced by war in Ukraine. He said the working group “Catholic Response for Ukraine” was coordinating support and advocacy.
ICMC is playing a key role in coordinating Catholic-inspired response to the Ukraine conflict, the largest migration crisis in Europe since World War II, Secretary General Msgr. Robert Vitillo told Crux news. He said the organization also is advocating for safe pathways and fair refugee policies.
Our Members in the News
During an advocacy day, US Bishops and other leaders met with lawmakers to urge immigration reform. The current system is “expensive, inefficient, and far too often creates human suffering,” said Auxiliary Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, calling for efforts to find just and comprehensive solutions.
In a 22 April statement, US Bishops welcomed the Biden Administration’s “Uniting for Ukraine” plan, which is to admit refugees via a sponsorship pathway. At the same time, they expressed concern about limits on entry and access to services and urged a “more robust use of the resettlement program.”
The UK government should lift up people seeking protection, not compound their difficulties, the Episcopal lead for migration in England and Wales said in response to Britain’s plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda. Bishop Paul McAleenan criticized the scheme as being at odds with the Bible.