MINSK, 12 November (BelTA) – The Catholic Church in Belarus is praying for the resolution of the situation with the refugees and hopes for concrete steps to be made to save human lives, Apostolic Nuncio Ante Jozic told BelTA.
“The Catholic Church is closely watching the current situation with the refugees on the Belarusian-Polish border. Thousands of people are fleeing various countries of the Middle East and neighboring states in search of a better life, away from the numerous difficulties they encountered in their homeland and wishing to find another place of residence for themselves and their families,” the Vatican representative in Belarus stressed.
“The crisis requires urgent solutions to bring flows of refugees under control, and also the solidarity of all to meet these people halfway, especially children and women, who have been stuck on Belarus' border with the European Union for several days already,” Ante Jozic said.
“The Catholic Church is always close to those who suffer or are in a difficult situation. Through its organization Caritas the church seeks to provide humanitarian aid to those in need. I am glad that Caritas in Belarus, as well as in Poland, has launched a charitable campaign to help many refugees who are waiting for urgent and durable solutions,” said Apostolic Nuncio Ante Jozic.
“The church is praying for the resolution of the crisis and is also asking for concrete steps, including political ones, for the sake of saving human lives. The Holy Father Pope Francis has recently made a call concerning the flow of refugees to the European Union, asking to guarantee them dignified conditions of life and access to asylum procedures," Ante Jozic said.
He believes that solidarity of all is needed at this moment to save lives and to find the best solution for those on the border with Poland.
“It is impossible to just look at the thousands of people who are on the brink between life and death waiting for some solutions. I call upon the governments of all countries concerned to act decisively and quickly to find even temporary solutions to save lives,” the Vatican representative said.
“I call upon the Catholic faithful to continue praying for the quickest possible resolution to the current crisis,” the Apostolic Nuncio stressed.