After the dispute over the distribution of refugees from the rescue ship "Lifeline," the Vatican has again called for solidarity in Europe. Cardinal Becciu, however, refrained from evaluating the Italian government.
"That only countries with particularly exposed situations, such as Greece and Italy, take on the burden of reception and not the whole European Union is not right, but that ships full of people are used to advance political positions is unacceptable," Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu said, according to Italian dailies.
Mission of the pope and the church
The head of the General Affairs Section of the Vatican Secretariat of State and Special Envoy to the Order of Malta further emphasized that even if it may not be popular nowadays to stand up for the marginalized, this remains the mission of the Pope and the Church.
No evaluation of the Italian government
Becciu, who will be elevated to the cardinalate this Thursday by Pope Francis, also commented briefly on the policies of the new Italian government. As a representative of the Vatican, he could only say, "It's a delicate moment, we are observing a new way of doing politics, and we respect that. We respect all."It is not appropriate to make assessments at this point in time.
Days-long dispute over rescue ship "Lifeline"
On Wednesday evening, the private rescue ship "Lifeline" with about 230 migrants on board had entered the port of Valletta in Malta after days of dispute over the reception of those rescued. In addition to Malta, the refugees will now be divided among France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands, among others. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) had said Germany would not accept any migrants from the "Lifeline".