15 October 2015, The Tablet

Uncharted waters

by Raymond Whitaker

If EU governments were caught out by the scale of this year’s migration crisis, so too was the Church’s social action arm, Caritas, and its affiliate organisations. Faced with the largest movement of people across Europe since 1945, everyone is having to rethink their tactics “None of us had ever seen anything like it before,” said Patrick Nicholson. The head of communications at Caritas Internationalis, the Catholic aid network based in Rome, was describing what he experienced on the Greek island of Lesbos, where in recent weeks hundreds, sometimes thousands, of migrants were making the dangerous crossing from Turkey every day in fragile inflatable boats.“Normally in a crisis, we are not dealing with people who are so mobile. Here, there is no stable transi
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