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Austrian bishop rejects proposed border fence on Church property

April 22, 2016

An Austrian bishop has rejected the government’s request to build a border fence on land owned by a parish in Moschendorf, a town of 400 along the Hungarian border.

Acknowledging the “difficult situation” surrounding migration, Bishop Ägidius Zsifkovics of Eisenstadt said that a border fence on Church property would be “contrary to the spirit of the Gospel and the clear message of Pope Francis.”

Bishop Zsifkovics also said that the proposed fence evokes painful memories of the Iron Curtain.


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