MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Catholics should protest against immigration policies that could put the lives of children at risk, said Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster.
He said European policies toward migrants were being shaped by “caution and fear,” resulting in suffering among refugees trying to enter safe countries of the European Union.
In his homily at an annual diocesan Mass for migrants in Westminster Cathedral, London, he said “a voice of protest is needed,” especially when the lives of children were at stake.
“While it is right to keep silent when children are asleep, it is never right to stay silent when they are perishing at sea or at risk in hostile camps,” said Cardinal Nichols, president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, during the Mass May 2.
“From those who deal in creating fear of migrant people and who seek to profit from that fear, whether financially or politically, we ask for a more responsible leadership, a leadership that looks at all that we gain as well as the problems we confront,” the cardinal said.