"I am very grateful for this strong statement of Chancellor, who helped thousands of threatened refugees [Cathcon: in fact over a million] ound a safer place with us," he said on Sunday in Cologne to Domradio. Merkel made the statement, "even though she must have known the difficulties approaching with the reception and integration of refugees in Germany," said the Archbishop of Cologne.
"There were big problems and these will be continued", Woelki conceded. He cited the "ominous" New Year’s Eve in Cologne [Cathcon- when refugees went on a rampage in Cologne, targeting young women] and the Syrian refugee who detonated a bomb in the Bavarian Ansbach. "That's why I'm grateful to those who do, again and again, with all their strength whatever is possible for the refugees." They are working to ensure that there is less need and misery in this world, the cardinal said.