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Church to Europe: Don’t turn your back on refugees

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Catholic aid agencies are urging Europeans not to turn against migrants seeking refuge from Syria and other countries, in what media reports describe as the continent’s greatest refugee movement since World War II.

“The crisis in Syria is now in its fifth year, and the neighboring countries where we’ve been providing assistance are running out of resources,” said Kim Pozniak, communications officer for Catholic Relief Services, the Baltimore-based US bishops’ international relief and development agency. She said countries such as Lebanon and Turkey are sheltering 3.5 million Syrians and “can no longer carry the burden of sheer numbers.”

“People have realized they won’t be going home and turned to the European Union for longer-term solutions. While they’ve been shown compassion in some countries, this hasn’t been the case everywhere.”

“These people aren’t just migrating to Europe in search of a better life for their children; they’re fleeing to protect them and save their lives, and this is something everyone can relate to,” she said.

European Union foreign ministers met in Brussels Friday to discuss new responses to the crisis, and the government of Hungary attempted to control thousands of migrants camped at a railway station in the capital, Budapest.

Pozniak told Catholic News Service Sept. 3 that CRS and other Catholic agencies were giving migrants food and water, as well as medical and legal help, on the main routes through Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, and Serbia.

She added that Church-backed organizations would aid all refugees without distinction, after some East European bishops called for priority to be given to Christians.

“The Church doesn’t distinguish between faiths and religions — we assist everyone on the basis of needs, whatever their background,” Pozniak told CNS. “The Church in the Middle East and the Balkans has been responding to this crisis for years, and to the Church, no human being is illegal. We’re called to preserve their dignity by not letting them sleep in parks and train stations.”

Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, urged Europe to build facilities to accept the migrants and to admit up to 200,000 refugees, with mandatory participation by all EU member-states.

However, in Hungary Friday, members of parliament debated whether to declare a state of emergency as a tense stand-off continued between police and refugees in and around Budapest, and as work was completed on a 110-mile razor-wire wall closing the country’s southern frontier with Serbia.

The national deputy director of the Hungarian Church’s Caritas charity, Richard Zagyva, told CNS Friday that the 12-foot wall was intended to prevent “mass unregulated border crossings,” rather than to block out all migrants. He said Caritas hoped to continue providing aid once the refugees had been placed in camps for processing.

However, Hungary’s Sant’Egidio Community criticized the government actions as counterproductive. In a statement Thursday, it said it was concerned at moves to criminalize border crossings and allow police to search private homes in search of migrants.

Meanwhile, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the Brussels-based Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community, urged legal entry routes for refugees and warned the building of fences would merely spur “new dramas.”

“Everything must now be done to ensure no one dies of thirst at our borders, drowns in the Mediterranean, or gets starved and suffocated aboard a truck,” Marx told Germany’s ARD broadcast consortium Monday. “Money shouldn’t play a role when lives are being saved. Nor will any solution be provided by political disputes over a distinction between war and poverty refugees, all of whom have legitimate aspirations.”

Caritas Europa said in a statement that migrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees were protected by international human rights law, and it called on the European Union to “contribute to such protection.”

Meanwhile, the Jesuit Refugee Service said Monday that “building more fences will only result in more deaths,” and urged the EU to consider a “European humanitarian visa scheme” and “legal and safe channels for refugees to reach Europe.”

However, a Polish archbishop backed plans by the government of Slovakia to admit only non-Muslim refugees and called for priority to be given to “endangered Christians.”

“We don’t have such experience of accepting refugees, or foreigners generally, as the Western countries, especially those which once had colonies,” Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Praga told Poland’s Catholic information agency, KAI, on Wednesday.

“There’s no doubt the integration of Christians will be vastly easier than the integration of Muslims, who may later open ghettos that give birth to violence and terrorism — let’s be realists,” he said.

In the Czech Republic, where human rights groups criticized police Friday for printing numbers on the hands of refugees, the bishops’ conference president, Archbishop Jan Graubner, also demanded in mid-July that his country take in only “Christian refugees.”

Catholic leaders elsewhere repeatedly have urged a more humane and effective EU policy toward migrants and refugees entering Europe from conflict-hit regions of the Middle East and Africa.

In Germany, which accepted 100,000 refugees in August alone, Catholic bishops have condemned 340 separate attacks on migrant shelters so far this year and backed parishes offering accommodation and support.

In Austria, where Caritas is helping 17,000 refugees and providing housing for 5,000, Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schonborn said Europeans could no longer “look the other way” when confronted with their continent’s “greatest humanitarian challenge” in decades.


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  1. zhao zhang Reply

    “No Way Out For Alan”
    Good Bye, UK of my dream,
    whereas I´ve never seen you!
    Good Bye, Germany my hope,
    though my future´s got ago!
    Good Bye, Kobane my lost home,
    I´ve returned for burial to you!
    Good Bye, daddy, dinghy to drop,
    We are unwilling to leave you!
    Mum and I have drowned in stream!
    Brother Galip wouldn´t follow
    and wanted hold on tight flop;
    but he has been too young to swim
    Why did I have to flee my home?
    Why are we for all to harrow?
    Which price shall we pay without hope?
    Where can we find peace and freedom?
    UK –
    there is no way out for me,
    for I was not welcome to you!
    Germany –
    you were my future and whole hope,
    but I will never arrive now.
    Kobane –
    You are my horrifying home
    Mum, Galip and I had to flee you;
    for here is nothing we can hope,
    and there is no way out for me!
    There is no way out for my daddy!
    There is no way out for mum and me!
    Written on september 05, 2015 in commemoration to the tragedy of the drowned Syrian little Boy Alan Kurdi

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