Closed doors, hearts cause suffering to innocent migrants, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Like the people of Israel in exile, migrants forced from their homeland due to war and persecution are often left to suffer because of closed hearts and doors, Pope Francis said. “In these cases one may ask, ‘Where is God? How is it that so much suffering can come upon men,…

Discovery of refugee bodies should awaken Europe, says Vienna cardinal

VIENNA (CNS) — Austrian church leaders, reacting to the discovery of dozens of dead refugees on a truck near Vienna, said they hoped it would increase awareness of the plight of migrants. “Such refugee suffering should awaken us, like a bolt from the blue, to the need for more generous attitudes and courageous decisions. The…

Greek church uses human, material resources to help shipwrecked migrants

RHODES, Greece (CNS) — When a wooden sailboat carrying some 100 refugees capsized in the crystal clear waters of this tiny paradise-like Greek island, local fisherman and the Greek coast guard immediately went to their rescue. While only three drowned in the April incident, 30 had to be taken to the hospital, where Franciscan Father…