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Serving and Protecting Uprooted People in the COVID Era

Source: L’Osservatore Romano

In this interview in Italian with the Vatican City newspaper, ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo reflects on current migration contexts, challenges to protecting uprooted people, and efforts by ICMC to promote the implementation of the Global Compacts on migration and for refugees.

ICMC Official Welcomes Papal Call to Walk with Uprooted People

Source: Vatican News

On the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, the ICMC Secretary General welcomed Pope Francis’s call for Catholics to walk together with uprooted people. It is important to highlight the Christian responsibility to welcome the stranger, Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo said in an interview with Vatican News.

ICMC Secretary General Remembers 11 September 2001


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.

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.

ICMC Extends Global Solidarity

Source: Vatican News

Forced displacement is a global reality that calls for a human-centered response. In this interview with Vatican News, ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo appeals for Catholics to live out their Church’s teachings regarding migrants and refugees and to get to know displaced people as people.

Release Seafarers Blocked for Covid-19 Measures

Source: Agenzia Fides

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, over 400,000 seafarers have been left trapped on ships long after their original contract has expired. Many suffer from trauma and health issues. A coalition of Catholic organizations, including ICMC, is asking governments to address this humanitarian crisis at sea.

70 Years of Responding to Migrants’ and Refugees’ Needs

Source: Radio Cité Genève

In this radio interview in French, ICMC Director of Policy Stéphane Jaquemet discusses today's most pressing issues in the era of COVID-19, such as access to the vaccine for migrants and refugees. He also explains how ICMC protects migrants and refugees through direct action and advocacy work.

ICMC Urban Cohesion Hub Opens in Pakistan

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan

ICMC’s Urban Cohesion Hub was inaugurated on 15 February near Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. The new facility offers integrated services, including health, education, skill training, legal support, and recreational activities, to over 30,000 Afghan refugees.

Why Joe Biden Is Good News for Refugees


ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo has applauded the possibility of the U.S. becoming again a country that welcomes refugees. With the recent presidential election, “some rays of light are shining on the horizon,” he says in an opinion piece published in German in Switzerland. He also explains why refugees are a great asset to any country.

COVID: Crossroads Between the Old Normal and the New Solidarity

Source: Vatican News

The COVID-19 pandemic puts us at a crossroads; we can’t go back to the “old normal.” What we need is a change of policies, practices, and behavior at all levels. Big business and government must change their values and focus more on persons than on money or power — says ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, in this interview with Vatican News.

Pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti Bolsters Work With Refugees


In this interview (in German), ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo explains what Pope Francis’ encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” means to him. He describes what it means to adopt a Catholic welcoming culture inclusive of migrants and refugees. He explains why he believes that migrants and refugees who stand up for others are modern-day good Samaritans.

ICMC Shines Spotlight on Displaced Families

Source: Vatican News

Every day, thousands of families are forced to flee their homes. That’s why ICMC marked the World Day of Migrants and Refugees with a webinar on how forced displacement affects families on the move, explains ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo. “Although many people are forced to flee alone, many come in the whole family.”

ICMC Official: Migration Should Be “Voluntary, Safe, and Regular”

Source: Crux

“We should refrain from discussing ‘burden-sharing’ to receive migrants and refugees but recognize the ‘resource sharing’ that is provided by their arrival … into many of our aging and tired communities,” says ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, in this interview that focuses on migration from Africa to Europe and America.

Migration Is Something Positive


In this interview (in German), ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo shares his family’s migration story from Italy to the United States and compares their journey to the hardships that many migrants and refugees face today. He also discusses how COVID-19 affects migrants and refugees and explains how ICMC supports them throughout the crisis. 

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