A German economic news website, Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, reports Chancellor Angela Merkel as declaring the massive influx of illegal immigrants entering Germany and Europe are sent by God.
Merkel said it is “the duty of Germany” to accept the migrants, most arriving from Syria and the Middle East.
The Chancellor said she is in agreement with Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union.
In April, prior to the largest influx of refugees in Europe since the Second World War, Marx said “Europe’s response will be a litmus test for European values.”
Marx met with Merkel on September 29 to discuss the crisis.
“The fundamental right to asylum must not be questioned,” Cardinal Marx said. “Anyone who makes an application for asylum must receive a fair and quick process. That is our demand.”
Initially, Germany expected 800,000 illegals, but estimates on the number are double the original figure, according to the BBC, citing an internal official report published by the popular daily Bild.
The report warns that services currently assisting the migrants will fail and the situation will worsen as winter arrives.
“It will get much colder still, and the provision of adequate shelter is not even close to matching the number of people crossing into Serbia every day,” Doctors Without Borders President Meinie Nicolai told The Associated Press.
Meanwhile, in the towns of Plauen and Sebnitz, thousands of Germans protested against the crisis. The media blames the anti-Islamic Pegida movement for the demonstrations.
Thus far, according to Frontex, an organization monitoring the European Union’s external borders, there have been 630,000 illegal border crossings as of the end of September.