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ICMC in the 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.
Forced displacement is a global reality that calls for a human-centered response. In this interview with Vatican News, ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo appeals for Catholics to live out their Church’s teachings regarding migrants and refugees and to get to know displaced people as people.
Our Members in the News
Mexican bishops spoke out against a government-proposed camp for predominantly Haitian migrants and asylum seekers at the Mexican border with Guatemala. In a statement, the bishops’ migrant ministry expressed concern about potential human rights violations due to conditions in the area.
The Bishops’ Conferences of the EU (COMECE) issued a joint appeal to EU Member States to assist Afghans seeking refuge outside their country. Together with the Conference of European Churches, the Bishops called for particular attention to women, children and other vulnerable groups.
U.S. Catholics are part of an interfaith effort to resettle thousands of refugees evacuated from Afghanistan to the USA. Finding affordable housing is a major focus, as is enrolling children in school, says the U.S. Bishops’ Conference’s migration and refugee services ministry.