CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 13 October 2018

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Dare to be in solidarity with migrants bishops say

ROME (CNS/Agencies): “The path to saving our very humanity from vulgarity and barbarism passes through a commitment to safeguarding life. Every life. Beginning with that which is most exposed, humiliated and trampled upon,” the Italian Bishops’ Conference said in a July 19 statement after a woman survivor and two bodies were recovered from the wreck of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean Sea.
 
As they face “closed borders and raised barriers,” the world’s desperate migrants and refugees “ask us to dare to be in solidarity” and to work for justice and peace in their homelands, said the statement issued by Gualtiero Cardinal Bassetti of Perugia and Citta della Pieve, president of the bishops’ conference.
 
“The wide-open eyes and the glassy gaze of one seen being pulled in extremis from the abyss that already swallowed other human lives is just the latest image of a tragedy that we must not get used to,” said statement. 
 
The bishops urged people not to look away from the photos and stressed, “We cannot let anxiety and fear condition our choices, determine our response, increase a climate of distrust and disdain, anger and refusal.”
 
Meanwhile, the BBC reported that Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Italy’s foreign minister, said that the country would accept refugee vessels for five weeks while the European Union reworked its existing policy and a solution was reached to prevent “all rescued people from landing in one country.”

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