- Dec 8, 2019
Cardinal-designate Alvaro Ramazzini Imeri offered prayers for Central American migrants Sept. 29, while celebrating Mass on World Day for Migrants and Refugees in this downtrodden Guatemalan department, epicenter of an ongoing outflow of migrants toward the United States.
Fe y Alegria (Faith and Joy) is a training and support program for teenagers and young adults in El Progreso, Honduras.
A Nigerian cardinal says he is “ashamed” to see women from Nigeria working as prostitutes in Italy.
While murders have decreased since 2015-2016, when El Salvador had the world’s highest murder rate, disappearances have increased, and the murder rate remains among the worst in the world.
Between 1980 and 2010, the number of African migrants living in Europe doubled, reaching 30.6 million people, according to a 2014 World Bank Report. That figure represented 3 percent of the continent’s total population. The bishops of both continents have proposed ways to stem the immigration tide – especially the “brain drain” of highly educated Africans – which they say will help the development of the African continent.
Pope Francis wrote a letter to the assembly of representatives from 23 Latin American and Caribbean countries that is meeting to discuss the issue of migration, calling them to “work to place the ‘person’ at the centre.”