In times of exploding budget deficits and unemployment figures, migrants are often used as scapegoats for all the ailings and failings of society, says Annegret Kapp. But the churches are responding boldly to the call to combat fear and prejudice.
For the approaching Euro elections, the Jesuit European Office in Brussels has issued an Election Memorandum examining the kind of choices currently facing the European Union, in its internal life and in its relationship with the wider world.
The Bertelsmann Stiftung International Religion Monitor study says its research shows that Christian faith still has a strong personal influence in Europe - but not so much on people's political outlook.
Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams will honour Liverpool's achievement in taking on the mantle of European City of Culture by making a two-day pastoral visit to the Diocese and people of the area later in January.