Bishops welcome rescue and relocation of 49 stranded migrants

Bishops welcome rescue and relocation of 49 stranded migrantsThe Bishops of Malta and Gozo, in a statement today, have expressed their appreciation to the Government, the European Commission and the eight European countries, “for the solidarity finally shown with the 49 migrants.”

The bishops pointed out that most of the migrants were stranded at sea for 18 days onboard two NGO rescue vessels. “We are also grateful to all the organisations that have promoted concrete solidarity with the people involved.”

“We recognise that Malta, the smallest European Union member state, was neither the responsible authority nor the nearest port of safety when these migrants were rescued,” said the bishops, “and laud the efforts made by all parties involved to ensure that human life prevails over every other interest.”

They concluded by saying that, “we join the Prime Minister in thanking the European Commission for providing a European solution for this crisis by co-ordinating the initiative of the relocation of migrants, including the 249 persons rescued at sea by the Armed Forces of Malta.”

+ Charles J. Scicluna Archbishop of Malta

+ Mario Grech Bishop of Gozo

+ Joseph Galea-Curmi Auxiliary Bishop of Malta.

Photo: Malta Diocese

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