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German prelates criticize government over Afghan deportations

January 24, 2017

The German Bishops’ Conference, joined by a Lutheran body, has criticized the German government for its decision to repatriate 11,900 Afghan migrants whose asylum requests have been denied.

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Some 250,000 Afghans now live in Germany, according to Deutsche Welle.

“No one should be sent back to a region where his life is threatened by war and violence,” said Archbishop Stefan Heße of Hamburg, chairman of the bishops’ migration commission, and his Lutheran counterpart.


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  • Posted by: feedback - Jan. 25, 2017 12:05 AM ET USA

    The foremost responsibility of civil and Church authorities is the wellbeing of the people under their care. "If anyone does not provide for his own, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever" 1 Tim5:8. Christian charity demands that we reach out to all in need outside of national or religious boundaries, however, in doing so, it wouldn't be virtuous to act with a suicidal abandon, neglecting common sense and the basic duties toward our own people.