Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, acknowledged the urgency of promoting migrants’ health at the ongoing 140th meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Anticipating a US presidential memorandum on national security which should suspend refugee admissions, Sean Callahan, CEO of US-based humanitarian organization Catholic Relief Services, commented that similar measures will not be effective in making the country safer.
Randa* is one of the many Syrian elderly who were displaced by the ongoing war and are currently living in the Damascus area. Due to her age, Randa suffers from health issues which resulted, among other things, in incontinence problems. Quite embarrassed by this situation, Randa started hiding at home all day.
On the occasion of the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees, the Spanish Episcopal Conference, one of the ICMC Members, launched a campaign entitled “Menores migrantes vulnerables y sin voz. Reto y esperanza” (Vulnerable, voiceless migrant children. Challenge and hope).
19-year-old Leen, a young Syrian mother whose baby suffered serious health complications right after being born, has finally been able to head back home together with her child after receiving assistance and medical care through the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC). Leen, who is originally from the city of Alhajar Alaswad in southern Syria but has long been displaced in Damascus due to the ongoing conflict, approached ICMC’s local health workers the month before her delivery, being very anxious for her baby’s health.
Elias* is just one of the many kids whose childhood has been devastated by the ongoing conflict in Syria. He is 7 years old and lives with his family in Mafraq, Jordan, an urban area densely populated by refugees, where they arrived in 2014 after fleeing the horrors ravaging his hometown, Homs. Because he was so distraught and traumatized by the war, the ICMC staff recommended Elias joins other kids playing in the Child Friendly Space at ICMC’s local Protection Center, hoping this would help ease his tensions.
In an article recently published by the Center of Concern’s blog, Integral Voices, ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo recalled that welcoming refugees and migrants stands as a further way to embrace what Pope Francis referred to as “civil and political love” in the sixth chapter of the encyclical Laudato Si.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB’s Vice President, delivered a joint statement on the occasion of National Migration Week, taking place January 8-14, 2017. National Migration Week has been observed for 25 years as a way to cherish the many ways migrants and refugees enrich the United States of America.