ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo discusses Pope Francis' call for governments to come to the help of migrants in North Africa and the suffering they and their families experience. He also addresses the response of European and African governments and how it could be improved, as well as ICMC efforts to assist migrants and refugees.
On the 10-year commemoration of Pope Francis' visit to Italy's Lampedusa island, ICMC and partners note 'global indifference' remains a real risk. Church advocacy had a significant impact on how the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration were subsequently framed, says ICMC's Secretary General, Robert J. Vitillo, but increasingly signatories are not honoring commitments.
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.
“Entire families prefer to emigrate for fear that they cannot guarantee a safe future for their children," Archbishop Angelo Massafra said in a statement. He called on the country’s leaders to stop “a total emptying of school structures in rural areas,” and the depletion of “the most valuable professions … such as in healthcare and education...."