“Church has to guide communities accept migrants” – Archbishop Scicluna

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi are attending a conference in Bari, Italy, focusing on immigration and peace in the Mediterranean. The conference title is “The Mediterranean border to peace”.

In his first comments, Archbishop Charles Scicluna referred to the recent operations by the Armed Forces of Malta in assisting immigrants stranded on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea. He said that Malta needs support from neighbouring countries. Archbishop Scicluna then mentioned how Malta offers shelters to immigrants but also support services. He explained how the Church in every country has the duty to encourage communities to integrate with migrants.

The main issues to be discussed will circle around youth unemployment, religious beliefs amongst youths, and peace in the Mediterranean region and mostly immigration.

60 bishops from 20 different Mediterranean, North African and Middle Eastern countries are attending the conference in Bari.

On Sunday, Pope Francis will address the conference and will celebrate a mass in Pjazza Liberta’ in Bari.