SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Nov. 21. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The president of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, will hold a meeting with Pope Francis in which, among other matters, he will convey the humanitarian emergency of the largest migration crisis that has been recorded so far in the Islands.
The pontiff will receive the Canarian president in a private audience on January 15 at the Vatican, an audience that will also be attended by the three bishops of the Canary Islands, Bernardo Álvarez, José Mazuelos and Cristóbal Déniz.
This was stated by the Apostolic Nunciature in Spain in a letter to the head of the Canary Islands Executive. The announcement coincides with the concern expressed by Pope Francis about the migratory crisis in the Islands and the gratitude “for the effort that is being made” to respond to the humanitarian drama of one of the most dangerous migratory routes in the world.
The president of the Canary Islands recognized the words of the Pontiff and stressed the importance of “joining efforts not only of institutions but of entities and society in general to respond to one of the greatest humanitarian challenges facing Europe and the world.” “.
Likewise, he recognized once again the solidarity of the Canary Islands people: “They are the Canary Islanders, together with the troops who intervene in the rescues and those who do so once these people arrive to the Islands, fleeing war conflicts, hunger and of poverty, an example of how we must face the global challenge of migratory flows.
Precisely, Fernando Clavijo will convey to Pope Francis the need to call for solidarity and co-responsibility in migration management “in order to save lives and guarantee care, dignity and human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people migrants arriving in the EU through Europe’s southern border”.