Tagle expresses concern over plight of migrants in Europe

September 9, 2015 4:52 am 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, Sept. 8 (PNA) — Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has expressed concern over the migrant crisis in Europe and the seeming apathy on the sufferings of these people.

At the same time, the president of Caritas Internationalis said it is lamentable the absence of adequate concern and assistance from the people about the plight of the thousands of migrants from Syria, Iraq, and Libya.

“After seeing the horrendous images of the ongoing refugee migrant problem in Europe… it is lamentable that many continue to be blind, deaf, and mute,” said Tagle over Church-run Radio Veritas.

The head of the Archdiocese of Manila noted that it is also unacceptable that it took the woeful picture of a drowned three-year-old Syrian toddler being washed ashore in Turkey before some people react on the situation.

“Emotions of the world were stirred by the picture of the boy that came out… It is regrettable but we have to thank that picture since it moved many people,” said Tagle.

Last week, an image of the lifeless body of toddler Aylan Kurdi surfaced, which spurred millions of donations for the benefit of the migrants.

On the other hand, an official of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) – Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant Peoples (ECMI) urged Filipinos abroad to help the refugees entering Europe.

“We reciprocate. We return the favor. We open our hearts. We open our hands to accept them, to welcome them, to pray for them, and we offer what we can offer,” said Bishop Ruperto Santos, Chairman of the CBCP-ECMI.

The Catholic prelate also asked all the dioceses in the Philippines to help and provide assistance to refugees in Europe.

“What we can offer as assistance is our money so that it can better help the refugees. It would not be practical to send clothes or food because of the distance,” Santos said. (PNA)

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