- May 29, 2020
As Italy is currently torn by the case of a young woman who apparently converted to Islam during her captivity with Islamic extremists in Kenya, Pope Francis in a message for migrants and refugees has urged an end to fear and prejudice.
“The invisible ones will be less invisible,” said Teresa Bellanova, Italy’s agriculture minister, on Wednesday. “Those brutally exploited in fields or false cooperatives will have a residence permit. The state wins, [because it’s] stronger than criminality.”
On Tuesday the Vatican held its first digital press conference for journalists on a new set of pastoral guidelines on care for people who have been internally displaced.
Vatican offices will remain open to ensure “essential services for the universal church,” but each office is being asked to evaluate the best ways to provide those services while observing health precautions and guidelines on safe distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Jesuit Cardinal Michael Czerny, Under-Secretary of the Migrant sand Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, has something keeping him up at night: “The challenge of seeking to engage with truth in spite of the falsehoods that spread so rapidly in modern social media.”
Some of Pope Francis’s closest advisors have called on EU bishops’ conferences to help facilitate the transfer of 20,000 refugees from Lesbos, Greece, to other European countries.