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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Italian priests issue 'God's visas' to refugees
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¬†Two Comboni missionaries from Caserta, in southern Italy, are planning to stage another non-violent protest for immigrants' rights next month. Father Giorgio Poletti, 62, and Father Francesco Nascimbene, 50 ≠ who chained themselves to the window of the police headquarters in Caserta in a protest in June ≠ are going to station themselves in front of the building again on 15 November and distribute 'permits of stay in God's name' to passers-by. "In God's plan for humanity no one is a foreigner," they said. "When the systems and governments create differences between citizens and foreigners, God takes sides with foreigners and demands that their rights be respected. For this reason, we are inviting permits of stay to be distributed 'in God's name' because God gives them this right." The two religious accuse the Italian government of making it more difficult for immigrants to legalise their position. They say that particularly in a socially problematic area such as Castel Volturno, immigrants who are not supported risk falling prey to organised crime. The priests are inviting others to join them in their protest - issuing the 'permits of stay in God's name' to foreigners outside police stations or in squares and other public places - and notifying the local media of their actions. They point out that it is important to explain the nature of the protest and that the permit issued has no legal value. For information call the priests on: 0823-851390 mobile 3388562963 e -mail: combonianicastelvolturno@hotmail.com e-mail giorgiopoletti@tiscali.it)
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