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Prelates criticize tightening of Austrian border controls

April 14, 2016

Two prelates have criticized Austria’s decision to build barriers and other structures at the Brenner Pass, on the nation’s border with Italy.

Calling for “welcome for the one who knocks,” Patriarch Francesco Moraglia of Venice criticized the “manifest impotence” of Europe’s “ruling class” to develop a continental policy to address the “incessant flow” of migrants, according to La Repubblica.

Bishop Ivo Muser of Bolzano-Bressanone said that “border fences, nationalistic interests, the differentiation between us and the other, between natives and foreigners, stir up fears and build barriers in our heads and hearts.”


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  • Posted by: feedback - Apr. 14, 2016 1:33 PM ET USA

    I wonder if any of the Bishops protesting national borders, had anything to say in protest of the invasion of Iraq in 2003?