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Human Mobility and Human Rights in the Context of the Adverse Effects of Climate Change

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Novena Ahead of the Feast of St. Paul VI

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The EU Cannot Shirk Its Responsibilities Towards Afghans in Need of Protection

September 16, 2021

As humanitarian needs in Afghanistan continue to escalate, ICMC Europe, the SHARE Network, and over 15 other organizations appeal to the EU not to forget its responsibility towards Afghans but rather to place protection at the center of its response.

ICMC Members and Church Leaders Respond to the Needs of Afghans, Advocate for Their Protection

ICMC Members and Church Leaders Respond to the Needs of Afghans, Advocate for Their Protection

As fear and uncertainty grasp Afghanistan following the Taliban’s rapid takeover, ICMC’s members, the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences, along with their...

ICMC Secretary General Remembers 11 September 2001

Source: kath.ch

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.

Mexican Bishops Concerned about Fate of Haitian, Other Migrants

Source: National Catholic Reporter

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.

EU Bishops Call for Solidarity Efforts to Help Afghans

Source: Vatican News

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.

Church in USA Joins Faith Groups in Welcoming Afghan Refugees

Source: Winnipeg Free Press

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.

ICMC Europe Joins NGOs’ Call for EU To Guarantee Protection of Afghan Refugees

ICMC Europe Joins NGOs’ Call for EU To Guarantee Protection of Afghan Refugees

The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) Europe has joined a coalition of over 50 European NGOs working on asylum and...

Australian Bishops Urge Reception of Afghan Refugees

Source: Agenzia Fides

The Australian Bishops' Conference urged the Australian government to welcome at least 17,000 Afghan refugees more than its initial commitment of 3,000. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Archbishop Mark Benedict Coleridge stressed that Catholics are ready to support resettlement efforts.

Faith Communities in England and Wales Ready to Welcome Refugees

Source: The Tablet

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of the bishops' conference of England and Wales urged the UK to accept more refugees, with faith communities as key partners. He said the government should not underestimate people’s willingness to respond to the emergency in Afghanistan and “to create places of welcome.”

Polish Bishops Call for Hospitality, Not Hostility towards Refugees

Source: Notes from Poland

The Polish Episcopal Conference has called for an attitude of hospitality towards refugees and migrants rather than border closures. Bishop Krzysztof Zadarko said responses to migration must respect human rights and stressed that creating fear of other people is “inhuman and un-Christian.”

Resettlement Agencies Call on the Government to Provide Immediate Support to Afghans in Need of Protection

Resettlement Agencies Call on the Government to Provide Immediate Support to Afghans in Need of Protection

On 20 August, 23 organizations sent a joint letter to the White House, asking the U.S. government to swiftly assist...
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Resettlement Agencies Call on the Government to Provide Immediate Support to Afghans

August 24, 2021

On 20 August, ICMC and 22 resettlement agencies and other non-governmental organizationssent a joint letter to the White House, asking the U.S. government to swiftly assist Afghans following the Taliban forces' takeover of all major Afghan cities.

ICMC Official: Barriers Won’t Stop People Seeking a Better Life

Source: Crux

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.

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