Spanish bishops: nothing justifies killing illegal immigrants

.- The Bishops’ Conference of Spain has reacted to the deaths of several Africans who attempted to illegally cross the border into the city of Ceuta, located on the northern tip of Africa in the Spanish-controlled territory, saying, "Nothing can justify killing those who seek to cross a border."

Released by the Bishops’ Committee on Immigration, the statement calls for "legitimate and proportionate" measures to prevent illegal entry through the Spanish-Moroccan border.

The bishops added that preventing illegal immigration even through legitimate means does not help immigrants solve their problems. The grave problems that lead to mass migrations, they said, "are generally of an economic nature and have their roots in the unjust distribution of wealth, development and well-being." "The solutions, which are never easy, must begin with the eradication of the causes," the bishops maintained, making a call as well to the international community for greater generosity and cooperation.

"As long as the solution does not address these problems at their roots, there will continue to be migratory movements, sometimes controlled, sometimes spontaneous, and sometimes born of desperation, as in the latest attempts, with tragic results," the bishops warned.

The Bishops’ Committee on Immigration offered its support and solidarity to those in need as well as their prayers for those killed and their families.

The bishops maintained that the recent deaths aggravate what is already a "desperate situation for thousands of African immigrants," who are attempting to illegally enter the Spanish cities of Ceuta and Melilla in northern Africa.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 16, 2014

Wednesday of Holy Week

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 26:14-25


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Is 50:4-9a
Gospel:: Mt 26:14-25

Homily of the Day

Mt 26:14-25


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: