H.E. Cardinal Parolin praises the role of religious organizations in the global response to the refugee crisis
New York, 27 September 2016 - During the side event recently co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the UN with ICMC and Caritas Internationalis at the margins of the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants, H.E. Pietro Cardinal Parolin delivered a keynote speech praising the special attention given to the needs of migrants and refugees by faith-based organizations.
Cardinal Parolin credited religious organizations as "competent and essential stakeholders" in facilitating the reception, assistance, and local integration of refugees and migrants.
"In environments characterized by fear, violence and suspicion, faith-based organizations provide a human approach and immediate assistance for the basic necessities of life, and the vital health needs of migrants, post-traumatic physical care and emotional support, services of accompaniment and advocacy, facilitating and forming positive cross-community relationships, as preconditions of sustainable humanitarian projects, community resilience in the aftermath of crises, and local integration," H.E. Parolin remarked.
The delivery of the speech and the side event in its entirety can also be watched at this link.