mercoledì, settembre 17, 2014

 

Scandinavian countries: Bishops, "Asylum to Iraqis and Syrians in danger of death"

By SIR

“We call on governments to support generously the United Nations and humanitarian organisations working in the Middle East: the Nordic countries can afford it”: this appeal comes from the Scandinavian Bishops’ Conference which met in Turku, Finland, from 12 to 15 September.
“We bishops - reads a statement that has just been released - also call on the governments and peoples of our countries to show generosity and allow people to stay where they can find security as well as to welcome refugees”.
They also address a “heartfelt appeal” to their governments (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland) to “revoke the decision to repatriate Syrian and Iraqi refugees whose lives are at risk and grant them permanent asylum”. During the meeting the representatives of Scandinavian Caritas provided an overview of the situation of crisis and the Bishops met with the Chaldean Archbishop of Tehran, Ramzi Garmou, a witness to the suffering of Christians in the Middle East. Emphasis was put on the need to “achieve equality for women and fight poverty” and on the importance of “education for young women”.
The Bishops - the final statement reads - “hope that women may feel more and more supported and encouraged to achieve their economic independence in line with the teaching of the Church’s Social Doctrine”.


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