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Cardinal Parolin backs Ukraine’s territorial integrity, says migrant crisis is ‘really scary’

June 22, 2016

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said in an interview with Euronews that the Holy See supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.

Calling for “respect of the international legality on the territory and the borders of Ukraine,” the prelate said “that concerns everything,” including Crimea.

The prelate also commented on Europe’s migrant crisis:

We are aware that Europe is taking on an unprecedented challenge that has been jeopardizing its own nature as well as its own cohesion. The issue of the integration is a really scary one. The phenomen[on] of immigration is happening so fast that there’s not even time to grasp or assimilate it. That’s the reason why we need a great cultural effort that could help us to live together, in order to avoid that those differences that we perceive don’t become sources of conflict and contrasts. Rather, we need to turn it into an opportunity of mutual improvement.

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