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Filipino Bishop Urges Protection of Rights of Overseas Workers

Source: Manila Bulletin

The rights of Filipino migrant workers overseas must be protected, stressed Bishop Ruperto C. Santos of the Episcopal Conference’s migrant commission. He highlighted the vital contribution overseas workers make to the country’s economy, calling them “our economic front liners against COVID-19.”

Polish Bishops Appeal for Support to Assist Migrants and Refugees

Source: Polish News

On 21 November, the Polish Bishops’ Conference launched a fundraising effort in Catholic parishes nationwide to assist migrants and refugees on the country’s border with Belarus. Solidarity for human beings in need must take precedence, stressed a joint statement signed by the Archbishop of Warsaw.

Italian Bishops Support Humanitarian Corridor for Afghan Refugees

Source: Agenzia DiRE

The Italian Episcopal Conference is one of several faith-based organizations set to welcome 1,200 Afghan refugees over the next two years through the humanitarian corridor program. The model has been providing vulnerable refugees a complementary pathway to resettlement since 2016.

Central America: Address Structural Causes Driving Migration

Source: Agenzia Fides

Migration policy must respect human dignity, the right to protection, and family unity, said El Salvadoran and Honduran Bishops in a recent statement on human mobility. The Church is strengthening regional work to assist migrants, but governments need to address forces driving migration, they said.

US Bishop Urges End to “Remain in Mexico” Policy

Source: National Catholic Reporter

A Bishop on the southern border of the USA called for an end to the Migrant Protection Protocols, which require some migrants to remain in Mexico to have their asylum requests heard. The policy is deadly for those seeking protection, causing “needless suffering,” said El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz.

Bangladeshi Cardinal: Guarantee Dignity, Protection for Rohingya

Source: Agenzia Fides

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.

German Bishops Press for More Just, Humane Migration Policy

Source: News in 24

The international community must make migration policy humane and address factors driving forced displacement, the German Bishops’ Conference outlined with the Evangelical Church in Germany in a second-ever common word on migration. The paper advocates for sea rescue and against human trafficking.

South African Bishop Calls for Compassion for Refugees

Source: ACI Africa

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.

Mexican Bishops: End Militarized Response to Migration

Source: Agenzia Fides

Mexican Bishops appealed to authorities to end “practices of militarization and repression against migrants” in a statement from a gathering of coordinators of pastoral care to uprooted people. Migration policy must focus on humanitarian response rather than containing migration, they said.

U.S. Bishops Welcome Increased Refugee Admissions Target

Source: Vatican News

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 Bishops: Respect Right to Asylum

Source: Vatican News

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.

Assist Refugees and Migrants, Says Polish Bishop

Source: TVN24

Assistance to uprooted people should be a priority action for government and civil society, the president of the Polish Bishops said in an appeal that cautioned against stigmatizing newcomers. Archbishop Stanislaw Gądecki also called for the launch of humanitarian corridors for vulnerable refugees.

U.S. Bishop Echoes Call to Solidarity with Displaced People

Source: Catholic Standard

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.

Mexican Bishops Concerned about Fate of Haitian, Other Migrants

Source: National Catholic Reporter

Mexican bishops spoke out against a government-proposed camp for predominantly Haitian migrants and asylum seekers at the Mexican border with Guatemala. In a statement, the bishops’ migrant ministry expressed concern about potential human rights violations due to conditions in the area.

EU Bishops Call for Solidarity Efforts to Help Afghans

Source: Vatican News

The Bishops’ Conferences of the EU (COMECE) issued a joint appeal to EU Member States to assist Afghans seeking refuge outside their country. Together with the Conference of European Churches, the Bishops called for particular attention to women, children and other vulnerable groups.

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