Before embarking on his European ‘renaissance tour’ Erdoğan had expressed his doctrine rather clearly, stating that, “we must reduce the number of our enemies and increase that of our friends.”
- Armed conflicts, civilians debased by both terrorist groups and dictatorial governments, a worrying repression of dissent and waves of populism and racism experiencing a staggering rise
- “To promote greater hospitality and integration for foreigners, albeit while respecting the law, Catholics must be bolder, bring ferment among the people, helping them overcome their fear and mistrust of foreigners. The Church should raise its voice on these issues when necessary. It should not hesitate or remain silent, since silence is not in line with the Gospel.” In this interview, Father Antonio Sciortino, editor-in-chief of Famiglia Cristiana and author of “Anche voi foste stranieri” [“You too were strangers”] (Feltrinelli 2010), reflects on immigration seen from a Christian perspective, and on relations between the Church and politics in Italy.