EUROPE/ITALY - Scalabrinians: the Covid emergency does not stop the tragedies in the Mediterranean

Thursday, 12 November 2020 missionary institutes   emigration  


Rome (Agenzia Fides) - "The umpteenth tragedy in the Mediterranean, which caused the death of 6 migrants, is the umpteenth signal given to the Governments in Europe and the world that the world's crises have not stopped due to the Covid emergency and that it is appropriate to intervene. It is thanks to the NGOs that 100 were saved and the commitment of Open Arms was providential and essential". This was stated, in a note sent to Fides, by Sister Neusa de Fatima Mariano, Superior General of the Missionary Sisters of Saint Charles Borromeo/ Scalabrinians, a Congregation which since its foundation 125 years ago has been providing its service in support of migrants. "The volunteers involved in non-governmental organizations throughout the Mediterranean confirm themselves to be fundamental - continues Sister Neusa -. Children, women, men in search of hope do everything they can to escape from their conditions of crisis, misery, where they are victims of violence. At a critical moment in their lives, they find women and men who have chosen to be by their side. This is one of the highest and most beautiful expressions of solidarity and mercy. Let us pray for the victims, umpteenth people condemned to earthly torment for a crime committed which is that of dreaming". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 12/11/2020)