Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy, Bishop of San Diego, delivered a moving speech at the 2016 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference at San Diego University. Acknowledging the current wounds and unsolved issues of the American political scenario, Bishop McElroy suggested the whole nation to pray for President-elect Trump and the new Congress as they take office, and to join efforts to make them “effecting instruments” in advancing human rights and development.
Mgr Jean Kockerols and Mgr Czeslaw Kozon, two Bishops of COMECE (the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community) participated yesterday in the High-level religious leaders meeting with the EU. This year the meeting was dedicated to the theme “Migration, Integration, European values: from words to action”.
Last week, ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo spoke about the status of freedom of religion in the context of humanitarian emergencies at a high-level seminar organized by Aid to the Church and Caritas Internationalis at the United Nations Office in Geneva.
Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, ICMC Secretary General, recently served as the co-coordinator of the Fourth Session of Christian-Muslim Summit in Tehran, Iran. The summit, the fourth in a series of meetings of religious leaders from the Catholic, Anglican-Episcopal, Sunni and Shia religious traditions, revolved around the theme “Respect for Human Dignity: The Foundation of Peace and Security”.
On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day on 20 November, the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) and other 8 civil society organizations stand in solidarity with all migrant and refugee children whose lives are threatened by conflicts, persecution, and poverty. The organizations joined Pope Francis in his appeal to protect children as they “constitute the most vulnerable group because as they face the life ahead of them, they are invisible and voiceless”.
The International Catholic Migration Commission, together with a group of European NGOs active in the field of refugee resettlement, has raised serious concerns about the European Commission’s proposal for a Regulation establishing a Union Resettlement Framework. The proposal, the civil society group argues, focuses excessively on migration control objectives; resettlement should instead be perceived as a lifesaving tool and a durable solution for refugees.
Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration, congratulated U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on the outcome of the elections but also reiterated the Church’s continued support and solidarity to migrant and refugee families.
The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) and other 25 civil society organizations are expressing deep concern as to an agreement recently signed by the European Union which may pave the way for the return of thousands of Afghan asylum seekers currently residing in Europe.