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Vatican’s UN envoys sees rise of racism in hostility to migrants

November 02, 2016

In an address to a UN session on racism and intolerance, the Vatican’s representative called attention to the manifestations of racism in hostility to migrants.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza said that although the world’s nations have taken steps against racial bias, “much of the progress on eliminating racism, racial discrimination, and xenophobia is in serious risk of being eroded, sometimes intentionally.” He said that the resurgence of racial bias is “often politically motivated,” and “seems to be driven by fear of the other, in particular, the fear in front of our responsibility to care for the marginalized and vulnerable, for those in desperate need of our compassion and solidarity.”


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 03, 2016 2:53 PM ET USA

    Just ran across an interesting article relevant to the topic of hostility to migrants. From today's edition of the Los Angeles Times: "One Country that Won't be Taking Syrian Refugees: Israel." Given that Israel shares a border with Syria, one wonders why the Israelis would not be able to accommodate (on a temporary basis) a few of the refugees. Seems to be a geographically easier prospect than to hope the refugees can make their way across the sea to Europe or across the ocean to America.