Eleven Bishops and fifty experts from the scientific and ecclesial world gathered yesterday in Berlin to discuss the challenges faced by migrants in connection with cultural and religious identities in Europe as part of a symposium organized for the second time by the Episcopal Conferences of France, Germany, and Switzerland.
During the side event recently co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the UN with ICMC and Caritas Internationalis at the margins of the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants, H.E. Pietro Cardinal Parolin delivered a keynote speech praising the special attention given to the needs of migrants and refugees by faith-based organizations.
ICMC’s Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo delivered a speech concerning the link between migration and health last Thursday during a United Nations side event hosted by the Permanent Missions of Sri Lanka and Italy, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Msgr. Vitillo’s speech delved into a study conducted by the Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center and Johns Hopkins University in partnership with ICMC.
Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi delivered a speech at the XVI International Conference on the Role of the Catholic Church in the Process of European Integration in Krakow, Poland on 21 September 2016. The speech, titled “European Solidarity: The Challenge of Migrations” reviewed the role that religion has played in times of crisis for Europe cementing from the very beginning the European Union project launched by the Rome treaties in 1957.
ICMC Secretary General, Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, addressed the governments from across the Commonwealth during the UN event “Migration in the Commonwealth: International Movement and Human Rights – Challenges and Opportunities”. In his speech, Msgr. Vitillo highlighted the strong role ICMC has played “in coordinating the international activities jointly undertaken by civil society in promoting a more effective, well-planned, transparent, and sustainable response to large movements of refugees and migrants in all parts of the world.”
ICMC Secretary General, Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, delivered a speech at the European Meeting on the Occasion of the Year of Mercy organized by the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, which took place in Sarajevo on 15-18 September. Msgr. Vitillo gave a testimony of the work of “pastoral sensitivity” that ICMC offers to migrants and refugees assisted by ICMC staff.
On the occasion of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, close to 100 civil society, refugee and migrant organizations – including the International Catholic Migration Commission – have released a joint civil society statement. Along with a scorecard, the statement urges States to take seven immediate actions to truly make a “difference on the ground for the millions of refugees, migrants and internally displaced people in need of protection”.
On the occasion of the upcoming United Nations Summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants to be held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, on 19 September, the Permanent Mission of the Holy See, the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), and Caritas Internationalis will co-host a side event to discuss the role of faith-based organizations in responding to large migrant and refugee movements.
Pope Francis announced yesterday the creation of a new dicastery to better serve the needs of the most vulnerable, including migrants and refugees. The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development will be “competent in issues regarding migrants, those in need, the sick, the excluded and marginalized, the imprisoned and the unemployed, as well as victims of armed conflict, natural disasters, and all forms of slavery and torture”.