“We need the joint effort of the most directly affected countries and the international community to prevent this tragic reality,” Pope Francis said.
Cardinal Cristóbal López Romero said: “We are talking about robberies, violence, rape, and being sold as slaves.”
The pope spoke one day after he gave a strong condemnation of euthanasia on his return flight from Marseille, France, saying there is such a thing as “bad compassion.”
The Local Ordinary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Tunis in Tunisia has cautioned young people in the Muslim-dominated North African country against migrating to Italy, saying that their country is equally beautiful.
There is need for the Church in Africa to raise migration awareness and educate the people of God on the continent about the reality of leaving a native country in search of better opportunities elsewhere.
In a video message released on July 28 ahead of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis poses the question: “How can we foster an enriching encounter with migrants and refugees?”
This “penitential pilgrimage” is dedicated to a real path of reconciliation with the Native American populations, and at the same time it is also an apostolic journey to a country with a rich and varied Catholic history.
Pope Francis visited the Mavrovouni migrant reception and identification center located along the shore of the island of Lesbos,
Corruption and inequalities in many African countries is leaving many people impoverished and forcing them outside their countries in search of better lives, the leadership of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) has said, warning that some of the means used by migrants leaving their countries are “perilous”.