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Sr. Rani Punnaserril is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Cross Menzingen. She lives in Delhi and works for the Archdiocese as the secretary of the Commission for Migrants for Delhi, and the north region for the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI). In this interview, she recounts how she assisted migrant workers in Delhi during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo discuss his most recent solidarity to Ukraine. Accompanied by ICMC’s Ukraine Programme Manager, Christian Kostko, Msgr. Robert Vitillo, visited the war-torn country for two weeks in October, to support the local Church with its emergency and longer-term humanitarian efforts.
On 17 October, ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo and ICMC Program Manager in Ukraine, Christian Kostko, met with Archbishop Mechyslav Morkshytskyi and a team of psychologists and psychotherapists led by the program coordinator, Fr. Oleg Salamon, during a solidarity visit to Ukraine.
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Archbishop Gintaras Grušas, head of the body of Episcopal Conferences of Europe, highlighted efforts of the Church to welcome Ukrainians forcibly displaced by war. Catholics “have committed to giving not only humanitarian aid but also pastoral assistance to those who have fled the country,” he said.
The Mexican Bishops’ Conference’s migrant ministry criticized a lack of coordinated action between different levels of government to improve conditions for people on the move. In a 15 November statement they summarized the current approach as “containment, detention, deportation and militarization.”
After meeting with migrants last week, Pope Francis told Catholics born in wealthy countries that they had a duty to serve those on the move. “Privilege is a debt,” he said, and acknowledged that it could be challenging to leave one’s comfort zone and take action. “Do not be afraid; go forth.”