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29 December 2015 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

Duka defends eastern Europe on refugees Premium

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The leader of the Czech Catholic Church has rejected widespread criticism of the refugee policy of east European EU members, and explained why these countries prefer to take Christian refugees.Speaking to the Slovakian weekly Tyzden on 14 December Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna said he was “deeply ashamed” of the stance some east European countries had adopted towards refugees. Countries including Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary have been reluctant to admit non-Christian refugees.One million Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis, Pakistanis and Somalis have travelled to Europe, with terrorists crossing the borders alongside genuine asylum seekers. Cardinal Dominik Duka OP of Prague told the Slovakian daily Denník N in a Christmas interview that frontier con


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