Pope Francis and King Mohammed VI of Morocco called for the special character of Jerusalem to be recognised, and for “full freedom of access to the faithful and the right of each to exercise their own worship”.
“Despite the formal abolition of the slave trade, the exploitation of some human beings by others has not ended and now takes place in terrible new forms on a significantly large scale.”
The victims were Ethiopians migrants attempting to escape poverty in their home country by making their way via Libya to Europe.
In the 52nd World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis admonishes those whose political addresses blame every evil on migrants as “unacceptable”.
“It is very clear that good journalism really does matter. Social media has opened the doors to so-called ‘fake news’, widespread anonymous comment, and a scarcity of thoroughly researched news stories.”
As part of the Columban Centenary (1918-2018) celebrations, students aged between 15-18 were invited to write an article or make a video on the theme ‘Migrants are our Neighbours’.
As part of its centenary celebrations, the Missionary Society of St Columban held an international colloquium in Dalgan Park last week aimed at mapping out the future direction of mission in the Church.
The Government and the Civil Service must be held to account, especially in applying the Dublin III Regulations which will allow children to be reunited with their families in the UK.
The Far East magazine is holding a competition for young journalists which invites students (aged 15-18 inclusive) to write an article or make a video report on the topic: ‘Migrants Are Our Neighbours’.
Addressing the congregation at Raheen parish in Limerick in his New Year’s ‘World Day of Peace’ homily, Bishop Brendan Leahy warned the faithful to be particularly vigilant to avoid exploitation of women and children.
All indicators available suggest that global migration will continue for the future. Some consider this a threat. For my part, I ask you to view it as an opportunity to build peace
“Courageous and decisive plans and sufficient funding to overcome the suffering and the deprivation of those who live on the precarious margins of society” is needed, Archbishop stresses.
The objective of the competition is to encourage students to use their writing and mobile skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to Catholic Social Teaching and resonates with Columban mission.
“At a time when a record number of people around the world are displaced by violence, the international community needs to stand behind international law to ensure safety for people who have been forced to flee as a result of famine or civil unrest.”
“I am grateful to the Supreme Court for reminding us, during these unsettled and cynical times, of what we must be about as a culture, namely, a society that both protects the person and allows his or her talents to flourish.”
It is reported that among the 20 feared dead, some were crushed by other people in the boat, while others drowned at sea. The victims include a child, women and some men – mostly from Nigeria, the Ivory Coast and reportedly from Bangladesh.
Many of these children have escaped war and conflict only to end up in camps many of them call ‘hell’, where they say they are made to feel more like animals than humans.
God’s forgiveness is sought for the sins and failings of the Church and its members, including priests and nuns who “succumbed to hatred and violence, betraying their own evangelical mission”.
The plight of Patrick, himself a migrant, has been faced by many Irish people who have struggled to live and integrate into new cultures.
Pope Francis has focused on the theme of ‘Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless’ in his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees which is marked this weekend on Sunday 15 January 2017.
This time last year the EU said they would resettle 160,000 Syrians and to date have only resettled 4,000. "It all comes down to a lack of political will to tackle the issue," says Trócaire.
“Europe has the power to save and protect people. It’s a just question of political will to provide safe ways for people to enter Europe without risking their lives.”
“Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger and exploitation, much like our forefathers at the time of the famine."