ICMC Chief Operating Officer and Director of Policy, Stéphane Jaquemet, explains during the Civil Society preparatory meeting ahead of the 14th Global Forum on Migration and Development Summit the key topics that will be discussed at the GFMD and the expectations of Civil Society.
On 22 January, Civil Society convened to Geneva for a preparatory meeting ahead of the 14th Summit of the Global Forum on Migration and Development. The event was coordinated by ICMC and allowed Civil Society to discuss and finalize its message, and speak with one voice at the GFMD.
On 24 January, Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo participated in a webinar organized by Georgetown University’s Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues to discuss the Church's response to the rising number of unaccompanied and separated migrant children. ICMC Secretary General stated: “Jesus then showed us how to care for other people with their vulnerabilities, but he also saw the potential in the people and the strength that they have."
Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo reflects on the plight of refugees and migrants, drawing parallels with the journey of the Virgin Mary and Joseph. He recalls his experience in Colombia, witnessing the struggle of people migrating through difficult conditions. Msgr. Vitillo underscores the need for peace, dialogue, and respect for human dignity, expressing hope for a world where people can live with dignity and peace.
Migration was on the agenda of a Vatican-organized symposium to mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Co-sponsored by ICMC, the event highlighted the Pope’s appeal for a “prudent and realistic rethinking of multilaterialism” to draw more on civil society expertise.
Sr. Rani Punnaserril is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Cross Menzingen. She lives in Delhi and works for the Archdiocese as the secretary of the Commission for Migrants for Delhi, and the north region for the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI). In this interview, she recounts how she assisted migrant workers in Delhi during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo discuss his most recent solidarity to Ukraine. Accompanied by ICMC's Ukraine Programme Manager, Christian Kostko, Msgr. Robert Vitillo, visited the war-torn country for two weeks in October, to support the local Church with its emergency and longer-term humanitarian efforts.
On 17 October, ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo and ICMC Program Manager in Ukraine, Christian Kostko, met with Archbishop Mechyslav Morkshytskyi and a team of psychologists and psychotherapists led by the program coordinator, Fr. Oleg Salamon, during a solidarity visit to Ukraine.
ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo discusses with Rome Reports his latest trip to Ukraine, during which he visited the various programs supported by ICMC that serve internally displaced people.
In a Vatican News interview on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, ICMC Secretary General Robert J. Vitillo highlights the organization’s work to prevent this “crime against human dignity” and to support its national members as they aid trafficking survivors and protect those at risk.
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.
Citing ICMC General Secretary Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo’s observation that hopes Pope Francis’s Lampedusa visit ten years ago would awaken the world’s conscience “did not stand the test of time,” this National Catholic Reporter editorial urges U.S. religious leaders to challenge nativist attitudes.
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.
Authorities need to protect people on the move and recognize their contributions to the economies of receiving and sending countries, ICMC President Christine Nathan told Vatican News at a recent governance meeting. “We want to advocate [for] fair and just policies and practices related to work.”
The tragic deaths of migrants in the recent shipwreck near Greece underlined once again the urgent need for “just and fair management of global migration,” ICMC General Secretary Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo told Vatican News. He called for safe and regular pathways and welcome for people on the move.