An award-winning missionary magazine

EUROPE: Build bridges, not walls

The Justice and Peace Commissions of the European Catholic Bishops’ Conference have issued a statement calling upon political leaders to build bridges rather than walls.

Acknowledging that European peoples have legitimate reasons for concern about their security, the Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions argues, nonetheless, that excluding immigrants will not provide security.

“We warn against the idea that Europe can achieve security for itself by building walls. The nature of the threats to Europe’s security is too diverse and too complex for walls to be effective. Instead, walls exclude and discriminate, and create a sense of injustice. Security for Europe will only be achieved when all inhabitants of this world can perceive the world order as just,” asserts the declaration.

The statement goes on to suggest that European political leaders “must keep looking beyond the immediate crisis in order to address its real root causes.”

The Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions (Justice and Peace Europe) is the alliance of 31 Justice and Peace Commissions in Europe, working for the promotion of justice, peace and respect for human dignity. Its General Secretariat is based in Brussels.


Read These Next


PHILIPPINES: Youth For A United World

“Pathways to fraternity” is the project launched by over 6,000 young people who participated in the Genfest, the international festival of the Focolare Youth Movement held in Manila.

SOUTH KOREA: Demographic decline

An aging population and a low birth rate represent a serious threat to South Korea, Asia’s fourth largest economy, especially now that it faces an economic slowdown. In order to counter the trend, the…

MALAWI: Hard hit by famine and corruption

"Now it is hard to keep count. It happens in all villages with more and more frequency. Funerals with long vigils in the night and the sad daily processions, the most obvious signs that slowly, Malawi…

Share Your Thoughts


Loading Conversation

Sign up for the newsletter

Getting your own copy of "Friends of the Mission" is free. Sign up with your complete address to get one delivered right to your doorstep.

Kindly double check that the information you entered is correct and accurate. Thank you!