Migration is “big business,” ICMC President Christine Nathan told the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) at its General Conference in Bangkok. Speaking on migration, labor, and human trafficking, she outlined actions the Church can take to address challenges linked to human mobility.
Those forcibly displaced by the Ukraine war face “tremendous” needs as winter approaches, says Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo. In this Vatican News interview, the ICMC Secretary General talks about Pope Francis’ hope-giving appeals for peace and the work of the ICMC-convened Catholic Response for Ukraine.
ICMC and other organizations called on Nigeria’s government to protect the lives of its residents and address root causes of violence and displacement in the country. The 26 September statement to the UN Human Rights Council noted an earlier appeal by Catholic Bishops to address growing insecurity.
A community sponsorship workshop co-organized by ICMC and the Canadian Embassy to the Holy See explored ways to strengthen programs of refugee welcome to ensure better sustainability. The Canadian program could serve as a model for initiatives in other countries, said the ICMC Secretary General.
ICMC Secretary General Mgrs. Robert J. Vitillo draws strength from St. Robert Bellarmine as he strives to bring the light of the Gospel by serving the poor and marginalized. In this interview in German with kath.ch, he reflects on his name and how his namesake inspires him in his work with people in need.
At a 27 July interfaith event before the 2022 International AIDS Conference, the ICMC Secretary General affirmed work of the Church in Poland and Ukraine to walk with forcibly displaced people living with HIV. He highlighted Catholic anti-trafficking efforts and support for those hosting refugees.
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.
ICMC elected its first Asian president, Christine Nathan, a member of the Migrant and Labour Commission of the Archdiocese of Bombay in India, reports Radio Veritas Asia. An education and labor specialist, she sees fighting discrimination and protecting migrant workers’ rights as key areas for ICMC.
ICMC can “give a face” to the care that the Church offers to migrants and refugees worldwide, Pope Francis told the organization at the start of its Plenary Council meeting on 30 May. He thanked ICMC for helping the Church respond to migration challenges over the past 70 years, such as in Ukraine.
As well as swift assistance, humanitarian corridors need to be established in Ukraine to allow safe passage for those affected by the war, ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert Vitillo says in this interview in Italian with Vatican News about the Catholic response to forced displacement in the area.
At a gathering of EU and other political representatives in Rome on 29 April, ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert Vitillo reported on Catholic assistance to those forcibly displaced by war in Ukraine. He said the working group “Catholic Response for Ukraine” was coordinating support and advocacy.
ICMC is playing a key role in coordinating Catholic-inspired response to the Ukraine conflict, the largest migration crisis in Europe since World War II, Secretary General Msgr. Robert Vitillo told Crux news. He said the organization also is advocating for safe pathways and fair refugee policies.
The 10–11 March conference “Universities as Sponsors” is promoting tertiary education as a regular, complementary admission pathway for students fleeing war and persecution. ICMC Europe and the Share Network are among the organizers of the event, which aims to build up education paths for refugees.
ICMC is working with Bishops’ Conferences around the globe to meet urgent needs and welcome those forcibly displaced by armed conflict in Ukraine, ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert Vitillo told Vatican News. Catholics wanting to help are invited to pray for peace and donate, he said.