European Bishops are expressing the support of the Catholic Church to the UN Global Compact on Migration which is scheduled to be adopted by United Nations members next week.  The “United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” is the first international tool outlining best practices for managing migration around the world. A meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, on 10 and 11 December will see UN Member States endorse the document, although a list of defectors is growing.

As reported by Vatican news, in a statement released, His Grace Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich, President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), reaffirmed the Catholic Church in Europe’s shared responsibility towards migrants and refugees in our societies. The Archbishop recalled Pope Francis’ appeal to “welcome, protect, promote and integrate” migrants and refugees and the archbishop underscored the fact that “they are not just figures or trends, but persons who have faces, names and individual stories and deserve to be treated in accordance with their inherent human dignity and their fundamental rights”.

His Excellency Archbishop Hollerich concluded exhorting EU Member States to make this Global Compact an achievement for the common good of a shared humanity.