- Aug 12, 2020
Cardinal Michael Czerny, Pope Francis’ point man on migrants, has voiced support for a German abbess facing trial for sheltering refugees.
The coronavirus pandemic “opened our eyes to the peripheries in our midst,” specifically to the contribution of migrant workers in essential services such as health care, transportation, sanitation and agriculture, said Cardinal Michael Czerny.
Augusta Ngombu had been orphaned as a child. Exploited and abused by a family member, she fled her home and ended up as a prostitute in the streets in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, where over 50 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty.
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.