Church of Ireland must look beyond its own self-interest and its own survival to the future to which God is calling it: Archbishop Richard Clarke.
The Vatican will take care of the costs involved in housing and looking after these Muslim refugees.
Pope Francis to visit the Greek island of Lesbos next week as a gesture of solidarity with migrants.
"This crisis will not end until a political solution is put in place. Through the EU, Ireland has a valuable role to play," says Trócaire Director.
Peace and security policies were at the centre of the debate of the spring plenary assembly of COMECE's bishops in Brussels.
22 NGOs call on the Government to honour its promise to fundamentally reform the Irish asylum system in line with recommendations in the McMahon Report.
Trócaire has called for a complete EU ban on goods imported from illegal Israeli settlements.
Bishops and catholic aid agency concerned over the pace of the EU and Irish response to the plight of thousands of refugees.
“The current mass movement of people into Europe represents the most serious displacement crisis the European Union has faced in recent times."
Persecution is intensifying, Archbishop Neary warns, with ancient Christian communities driven from their lands through ethnic cleaning.
Some 123 million EU citizens – one in every four – are at risk of poverty and social exclusion – an increase of 7 million in the six years up to 2013.