- Aug 6, 2020
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.
Pope Francis has appealed for the evacuation of women, children and sick migrants trapped in Libyan detention centers as soon as possible, through humanitarian corridors.
Around 40 Syrian refugees arrived in Rome on Tuesday as part of a humanitarian corridor created by the Community of Sant’Egidio, often known in the Francis era as “the pope’s favorite movement.”
Once the situation of crisis is mitigated and their basic needs are met, immigrants and refugees don’t want handouts: They want an education. Professionally-oriented courses in teaching, nursing, IT, translation, hospitality and management have proved to be the most effective in helping migrants and refugees hone their skills and generate income, which in turn opens the door for further education.
In a session with immigrants in the northern Italian city of Bologna, Pope Francis called for humanitarian corridors for refugees to avoid “intolerable delays” and support for private and community-based programs of welcome. He also told immigrants, “I’m here with you because I want to carry your eyes in mine, your hearts in mine.”
ROME (CNS) — After less than 48 hours in Rome, “dream” is the word used most often by the six Syrian adults Pope Francis brought back to Italy with him from a refugee camp in Greece. By April 18, the couples — who asked to be identified by only their