The Vatican announced that Pope Francis is welcoming up to 50 uprooted people currently in Cyprus in the coming weeks through Italy’s Humanitarian Corridors initiative, a program supported by the Episcopal Conference and other Catholic-inspired organizations.
Rohingya refugees must be welcomed and protected, said Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario after a visit to Cox’s Bazar camp in Bangladesh. He called for international solidarity while noting the good work by ICMC’s national member Caritas Bangladesh to provide dignified living conditions in the camp.
More compassion is needed for people displaced by violence so they not only find refuge but also a welcoming community where they can rebuild their lives, said South African Bishop Peter Holiday. On the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, he urged Catholics to meet refugees with God’s love.
U.S. Bishops commended the Biden Administration for raising refugee admissions for the next fiscal year to 125,000, the highest in nearly 20 years. The decision renewed American leadership in welcoming “vulnerable members of the same human family,” said the chair of the Bishops’ migration committee.
EU Member States must uphold the right to seek asylum and not send refugees back to countries where they are at risk, said EU Bishops. Their statement came following calls from some EU countries for stricter rules against irregular migration as tensions grow along Eastern European borders.
The chair of the U.S. Bishops’ migrant commission urged Catholics to follow Pope Francis’s call to move from indifference to solidarity and open their hearts to uprooted people. The human dignity of all must be respected, said Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville on the World Day of Refugees and Migrants.