On a second visit to Ukraine in less than a year, ICMC Secretary General, Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, was deeply moved by the plight of the people, especially children, who are enduring psychological trauma and wounds that are deep, but invisible from the outside. Vatican News interviewed him and broadcast an ICMC video summarizing the visit.
To root out labour exploitation and human trafficking, the National Commission for Migrants of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) brought together representatives from across India on 12-14 March, with ICMC's President and the Vatican's Migrants and Refugees Section participating. The aim is to better protect people’s human dignity, by involving migrants too.
In early July, ICMC Secretary General, Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, spent a week visiting in solidarity with displaced people in Ukraine and refugees in Poland. Speaking for the Catholic Response for Ukraine (CR4U) working group, Msgr. Vitillo at the end of the trip participated in discussions at the European Parliament, pressing for longer-term solutions as the war continues.
The Bishops are meeting for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, to feel the 'fraternal unity of the global Church' at a moment when pastoral care is crucial for both people directly affected by the war and to those clergy and laypeople responding in local communities to provide for the needs of refugees and displaced persons.