Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 338

“Peace is always possible”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 7 settembre 2015

tiranaTIRANA – Andrea Riccardi responds to Pope Francis’ message about refugees at the start of the international meeting “Peace is always possible”, which is gathering more than 400 leaders of the world’s major religions, cultural figures and representatives of public institutions as well thousands of people arriving from all over Europe. The founder of the Community of Sant’Egidio launched an appeal to Europe and the Italian government to institute the policy of sponsorship, an essential practice to achieve acceptance of those who have already arrived on the continent and to eliminate the dangerous crossings of migrants by sea. We support the pope’s appeal with conviction – Riccardi commented – launched right at the start of our international meeting here in Tirana. Accepting his message and heeding to the desire of many citizens, associations and families who want to offer hospitality to refugees, we hereby propose – in the name of all religious leaders gathered here in Tirana – to introduce in European legislative systems the policy of sponsorship. The idea is to enable European citizens, associations, parishes and organizations to assume responsibility for asylum seekers and offer immediate hospitality to those who have already arrived as well as invite individuals and families from dangerous areas, thus preventing the voyages of death in the Mediterranean and the exploitation by traffickers. We particularly appeal to the Italian government to establish the policy of sponsorship. At the ongoing meeting we will discuss ways of achieving peace with concrete proposals to end conflicts, starting with Syria and Libya”

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