ICMC Official Urges Use of Humanitarian Corridors in Ukraine

Source: Vatican News

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.

ICMC Informs EU Representatives of Catholic Ukraine Response

Source: Vatican News

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.

Ukraine: ICMC Working to Ensure Coordinated Catholic Response

Source: Crux

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.

Conference to Promote University Corridors for Refugees in Europe

Source: Unibo Magazine

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.

Ukraine: Church is “First Responder” for Forcibly Displaced

Source: Vatican News

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.

ICMC Programs Help Harness the Human Potential of Mobility

Source: Vatican News

Harnessing the human potential of uprooted people benefits both individuals and communities, says ICMC General Secretary Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo in this Vatican News interview for the UN International Migrants Day. He shares how ICMC programs support migrants as contributors and agents of change.

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.

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