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Migration situation requires a humane, Christian response, official says

The Vatican recognises how difficult it is for nations to manage the flow of migrants and refugees, but one thing is certain: “We must respond in a humane manner, a Christian manner, and we must try to help people, not harm them,” said the Vatican foreign minister.

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, whose formal title is Vatican secretary for relations with states, spoke with Vatican News on 19th June, the eve of the UN’s World Refugee Day.

While the Vatican obviously respects the sovereignty of individual nations to determine how best to respond to the needs of migrants and refugees, the archbishop said, “the numbers are what they are, and we must face that and we must help.”

In connection with World Refugee Day, the UN Refugee Agency released its annual report on ‘forced displacement’ around the world.

More than two-thirds (67 per cent) of all refugees were from five countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia.

Picture: An Afghan girl walks with a water bottle along a road in Lahore, Pakistan, on 20th June 2019, World Refugee Day. Children under the age of 18 make up one half of the world’s refugee population, a UN report said. (CNS photo/Mohsin Raza, Reuters).