Category Archives: migration/refugees

Pope Francis’s Christmas message: only God’s mercy can free humanity

[Austen Ivereigh] Against a backdrop of growing terrorist violence, war and persecution across the world, Pope Francis yesterday used his traditional Christmas address “to the city and to the world” to appeal for a new openness to God’s grace of … Continue reading

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MPs tell government: UN should declare ISIS war on Christians is ‘genocide’

The British government should urge the United Nations to declare the jihadist eradication of Syrian and Iraqi minorities to be ‘genocide’,  leading MPs have told David Cameron (BBC report here). Their letter, whose 75 signatories are led by two Catholic MPs, Lord Alton of Liverpool and … Continue reading

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Francis in Africa: conquering conflict with the medicine of mercy

[Dominic Burbidge] Pope Francis begins tomorrow a five-day, three-nation trip to east and central Africa, the first time a pope has set foot in an active war zone. Francis’ journey (full itinerary here) will cover the three countries of Kenya, Uganda … Continue reading

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English & Welsh bishops call for UK to open doors to refugees

[Austen Ivereigh] Describing Britain’s response to the refugee crisis as a test of its moral identity and culture, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales have called for “a generous response” to taking newcomers that goes well beyond the Government’s current … Continue reading

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Catholic bishops of EU call for joint response to the refugee challenge

The following is a statement of the Standing Committee of COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community, on the current refugee crisis and the debate on a common European migration and asylum policy. COMECE is made up … Continue reading

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Statement on refugees by the Catholic bishops of England and Wales

The following statement was made today on behalf of the Catholic bishops’ conference of England and Wales: Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me (Mt 25:40)’ At last Sunday’s Angelus, Pope Francis invited … Continue reading

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Cardinal Nichols responds to Pope Francis’ call for Europe’s churches to take in refugees

At the Angelus yesterday, Pope Francis issued the following appeal: Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees who flee death from war and hunger, and who have begun a journey moved by vital hope, the Gospel calls … Continue reading

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Our response to the refugee crisis will be judged by history

[Brenden Alejandro Thompson] In the Twitterstorm provoked by the harrowing image of a three-year-old Syrian boy dead on a Turkish beach, the hashtags #IAmAnImmigrant and #humanitywashedashore have been trending, together with an image of St George, who is thought to be … Continue reading

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