German Catholic Church calls for fewer migrants to be allowed into the country

‘As a church we say that we need a reduction in the number of refugees,’ he said.

Marx added: ‘Germany cannot take in all the world’s needy.’

The question of how to respond to the migrant crisis, he asserted, should not solely be a matter of ‘charity but also reason.’

However, Marx also expressed concern at a rise in xenophobia in Germany amid the worst refugee crisis that Europe has known since World War II.