Libya

As the death toll in the Mediterranean reaches record proportions, Europe’s first priority must be to implement a full-scale search and rescue operation, according to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). It is calling on the extraordinary European Council meeting on Thursday 23 April to respond to this ongoing tragedy with a concrete action plan prioritising human dignity and justice."Saving human life must come first," says Fr Jean-Marie Carrière SJ, the Director of JRS Europe. "Europe should...
Pope Francis has described the "heartfelt pain" he feels for the hundreds of victims who are believed to have drowned while fleeing across the Mediterranean from North Africa. He called upon the international community to take swift and decisive action to avoid more tragedies of migrants seeking a better life.The Pope's plea was delivered after the Regina Coeli prayer in St Peter’s Square on Sunday morning. Addressing tens of thousands of people, he said: “They are men and women like us, our...
The mother of the first Western hostage killed by Islamic State, the Jesuit alumnus James Foley, has reflected on hope, grief, and a faith that conquers hatred and death, in an on-line interview released on Good Friday.Freelance journalist James Foley was a student at Marquette University, the Jesuit university situated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During the time he was held captive in Libya in 2011, he said that it was prayer and his faith that kept him going.  In August 2014, he became the...