Discovery of refugee bodies should awaken Europe, says Vienna cardinal

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August 29, 2015

Forensic experts investigate a truck in which refugees were found dead on a freeway between Parndorf and Neusiedl, Austria, Aug. 27. (CNS photo/Herbert P. Oczeret) See AUSTRIA-MIGRANTS-TRUCK Aug. 28, 2015.

Forensic experts investigate a truck in which refugees were found dead on a freeway between Parndorf and Neusiedl, Austria, Aug. 27. (CNS photo/Herbert P. Oczeret)

VIENNA (CNS) — Austrian church leaders, reacting to the discovery of dozens of dead refugees on a truck near Vienna, said they hoped it would increase awareness of the plight of migrants.

“Such refugee suffering should awaken us, like a bolt from the blue, to the need for more generous attitudes and courageous decisions. The joint handling of the refugee tragedy in the face of such inhumanity is a test for European values,” Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, president of the Austrian bishops’ conference, told the Kathpress news agency Aug. 28.

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