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Migration is “big business,” ICMC President Christine Nathan told the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) at its General Conference in Bangkok. Speaking on migration, labor, and human trafficking, she outlined actions the Church can take to address challenges linked to human mobility.
Those forcibly displaced by the Ukraine war face “tremendous” needs as winter approaches, says Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo. In this Vatican News interview, the ICMC Secretary General talks about Pope Francis’ hope-giving appeals for peace and the work of the ICMC-convened Catholic Response for Ukraine.
ICMC and other organizations called on Nigeria’s government to protect the lives of its residents and address root causes of violence and displacement in the country. The 26 September statement to the UN Human Rights Council noted an earlier appeal by Catholic Bishops to address growing insecurity.
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“No border can legitimize the disregard for human dignity and the denial of protection in the face of serious danger,” stressed the lead German Bishop on migration to government and civil society representatives gathered on 29 November in Brussels to discuss the ecumenical Statement on Migration.
The Episcopal migration lead in England and Wales led prayers on the year anniversary of at least 27 people on the move drowning in the English Channel. “This avoidable tragedy challenges us to reflect on our collective responsibility for protecting migrants and refugees,” said Bishop Paul McAleenan.
On their 18th birthdays on 1 January, 1000 migrants will be left on the street, say Bishops of Spain’s Canary Islands. Their birthdates unknown, they were assigned 1 January 2005. The national Bishops’ Conference is urging other dioceses to take them in through the ‘Hospitality Corridors’ program, but urge the State to find solutions.