- May 24, 2020
Italian bishops spar with politicians over immigration as questions of the return of a Catholic political party arise.
Italy’s Catholic bishops offered to care for a majority of 140 migrants the country’s government had prevented from leaving an Italian coast guard ship docked for days in a Sicilian harbor because politics shouldn’t be practiced at the expense of the poor, prominent churchmen said Sunday.
A bridge collapse in the Italian city of Genoa which killed at least 22 people has “bloodied” the summer holidays, according to the head of the country’s bishops’ conference.
Aquarius, the boat carrying over 600 immigrants and refugees, was the last straw in the tense relationship between the Church and Italy’s new populist led government.
“We will be the critical conscience,” said Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian episcopal conference (CEI), about the new Italian government.