Migration threatening ‘humanistic spirit’

14 January 2016 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt , Christopher Lamb
The present wave of migration into Europe seems to be “undermining the foundations of that ‘humanistic spirit’ which Europe has always loved and defended”, Pope Francis said on Monday. He was speaking to ambassadors to the Holy See as revelations regarding the sexual assaults and robberies on hundreds of local women by men said to be migrants in German cities on New Year’s Eve continued to emerge. Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed more than 1 million mainly Muslim migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and North Africa in 2015, a gesture that was applauded by the Church.As the scale of the New Year’s Eve attacks on women became clear, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne, German bishops’ conference president Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Cardinal

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