Warsaw, Poland, Oct 5, 2021 / 04:00 am
The president of Poland’s Catholic bishops’ conference called on Monday for humanitarian aid for migrants seeking to enter the country from neighboring Belarus.
Archbishop Stanislaw Gądecki made the appeal on Oct. 4 amid tensions between Poland and Belarus over an unprecedented rise in migrants seeking to cross the border.
“In view of the events on the Polish border in past weeks, the recently celebrated 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees gives me an opportune occasion to recall once again the Christians’ responsibility for strangers and to seek solutions that serve the common good,” said the archbishop on the day that Poland’s bishops began their ad limina visit to Rome.
“As Christians, we must be convinced that the right and duty to defend the state borders can be reconciled with bringing help to people who find themselves in dramatic situations of ‘no return’ as hostages to the geopolitical games of certain politicians.”