“It is not only the cause of migrants that is at stake; it is not just about them, but about all of us and about the present and future of the human family,” says Pope Francis in a message for the upcoming World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which this year will be marked on 29 September.
The Vatican visit highlighted the continuing plight of refugees and migrants seeking sanctuary in Greece, especially on the Greek islands. While the delegation acknowledged the energies devoted to caring for refugees, it urged both the Greek government and the European Union to make still greater efforts to relieve their dire conditions.
“I feel that I am very dirty because of all the men who used me.” In the shower, Linh scrubs herself hard, so hard that it leaves scars on her body, as she tries to remove the feeling of having been soiled.
The International Catholic Migration Commission congratulates Dr. Anne T. Gallagher on her appointment as Director-General of the Commonwealth Foundation.
Geneva, 21 2019 – The President, Governing Committee, Secretary General and Staff of the International Catholic Migration Commission share greetings of hope, peace, and light with ICMC members, partners, and supporters.
We must recognize the dignity of migrants and our duty to welcome them, Italian Bishops say. And according to the head of the German Bishops Conference, that begins by saving their lives at sea.
As countries of destination increasingly close their doors to migrants and refugees, ICMC President Dr. Anne T. Gallagher believes the Church’s teachings present challenges to migration policies and practices that fail to protect human rights and human dignity.
An international conference on trafficking in persons called for greater understanding of the phenomenon and coordinated actions to eradicate it.
The SECAM-ICMC Africa Working Group on Migration has underlined the need for heightened awareness and stronger collaboration within the Church in order to address irregular migration and human trafficking in the region.
The Strategic Framework 2019-2022 for the International Catholic Migration Commission highlights the organization’s priorities and objectives for the coming four years. The goal-oriented document was approved by the ICMC Council Plenary Meeting in Rome in March 2018.