Luma Simms is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, in Washington, D.C., and an Iraqi Christian immigrant.
A man from Brazil holds his 9-month-old daughter in Andrade, Calif., April 19, 2021, as they wait to be transported by Border Patrol after crossing into the United States from Mexico. (CNS photo/Jim Urquhart, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Luma Simms
The right to emigrate is central to of Catholic social teaching, but we often neglect the right to live safely in one’s own land. We must help people to stay and build better countries for themselves.
The destroyed Al-Tahera Syriac Catholic Church is seen in Mosul, Iraq, on Feb. 22, 2021. The church was bombarded during the airstrike campaign that drove the Islamic State out of Mosul. (CNS photo/Thaier al-Sudani, Reuters)
FaithShort Take
Luma Simms
Refugees from the attacks on Christians in Iraq cannot help but feel bitter and forgotten, writes Luma Simms. Pope Francis’ upcoming visit is an opportunity to begin healing and seek religious harmony.