- Jan 29, 2020
ROME — Christians have the teachings and the responsibility to address growing fear of and discrimination against immigrants and refugees, said speakers opening a Vatican-sponsored conference. “Welcoming migrants, especially those in danger, is a moral principle whose foundation and strength come from the Gospel and sacred Scripture, and it is
German Catholic leaders condemned anti-immigrant riots in an eastern German town that erupted after a German man was killed in a brawl with migrants.
The president of the Polish bishops’ conference cautioned Polish and Hungarian political leaders against fostering nationalism and xenophobia as both countries face European Union sanctions over their alleged authoritarian direction.
A new report by a commission set up by the Italian Parliament says the nation is experiencing growing intolerance, calling it a “pyramid of hate.” Migrants are suffering the most, with nearly a third saying they have experienced discrimination in both the housing and job markets.
Two PhD candidates at Catholic University argue that no Christian can support the alt-right, which they see as a toxic blend of racism, xenophobia, sectarianism and isolationism, all of which stand in stark contrast with core principles of Christian social thought.
Catholic bishops in the United Kingdom have condemned a sharp rise in racist and xenophobic attacks in the wake of Britain’s vote to exit the European Union, with Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster saying such acts are “simply not acceptable in a humane society.”