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Bishops from Europe, Africa urge summit to help migrants, young people

Catholic bishops from Europe and Africa urged an upcoming intercontinental summit to launch a “human dignity initiative” to help migrants and refugees and shelter young people against “conflict, corruption and climate change.”

In a joint statement issued before the 29th-30th November EU-Africa summit in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, the bishops noted that migration “will not go away…It is the responsibility of the political leadership to make sure migrants are treated with dignity and protected against criminal exploitation.”

“Africa and Europe share common roots, which originate in the earliest days of human history – a genuine long-term partnership, which induces the correction of economic and social imbalances,” said the statement from the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar.

It said the “human dignity initiative” should aim at “promoting the global common good” through education and training, job creation and communication and technology.

Picture: A South Sudanese girl is seen at the Nguenyyiel refugee camp in Gambella, Ethiopia, in late October. Catholic bishops from Europe and Africa urged an upcoming intercontinental summit to launch a “human dignity initiative” to help migrants and refugees and shelter young people against “conflict, corruption and climate change.” (CNS photo/Tiksa Negeri, Reuters).