Bishops at odds over migrants

10 September 2015 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt , Christopher Lamb , Tom Heneghan , Jonathan Luxmoore and Josef Pazderka
Pope Francis is calling on every parish and religious community in Europe to shelter at least one refugee family but Europe’s bishops are divided on how to deal with the crisis. As 19,000 migrants, chiefly from Syria and Iraq, crossed the Austro-Hungarian border the Pope issued his appeal at the Sunday Angelus and said that the Vatican’s two parishes would be welcoming migrants in the coming days.Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna said Europe’s bishops should speak with one voice on the issue and the EU should find a common stance. But as they prepared for a 11-16 September meeting of the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) in the Holy Land, it was clear that they are far from united. Many east European bishops   only want to tak

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