Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, Secretary General of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) speaks at a conference in South Africa last month. CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey
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BOSTON -- "We help all people, both Christians and people of other faith, and we do it because we are Catholics, we do it because Jesus told us to do this," said Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, the newly appointed Secretary General of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) during his recent visit to Boston.
Msgr. Vitillo, having just been appointed Secretary General of ICMC in June, was visiting the Boston office Aug. 11 from ICMC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. He said he is still learning about the organization, and made the trip to Boston to meet with local donors and staff and plan ahead for the future.
"I see our work here, both in fundraising and especially in awareness-raising, as being very key to who we are and what we do," he said, speaking about the Boston office.
"We need to communicate the great work that's done by our organization with migrants and refugees throughout the world and to others, both to get their support financially, but also their moral support, their prayer support, and try to help influence some of the attitudes and questions about migrants," he said, noting that the Boston office helps ICMC accomplish these goals.
Founded in 1951, ICMC is an international, non-profit organization that strives to protect and serve uprooted people around the world through a myriad of ways, from providing them with basic goods, healthcare, and education, to offering legal assistance and a safe place to live.