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ADEQUATE PASTORAL CARE FOR MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

VATICAN CITY, 10 JAN 2012 (VIS) – The latest edition of the magazine “Migranti Press” contains an article by Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, for the forthcoming World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The Day is to be celebrated on Sunday 15 January under the theme: “Migrations and New Evangelisation”.

 

Archbishop Veglio highlights the fact that the phenomenon of migration, which involves many different individuals and peoples with their various social, cultural and religious characteristics, is “a process which opens unique opportunities for evangelisation. It offers Christian communities the chance to bear witness to Jesus Christ, especially through respectful dialogue and the concrete witness of solidarity. Migrants can also reawaken drowsy Christian consciences, calling people to a more coherent Christian life”.

 

For this reason the Holy Father’s Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees “invites us to ensure that migrants are given adequate pastoral care. Thus they may remain firm in their faith, coherent in their Christian life and powerful witnesses of the Gospel, in order to become authentic announcers of the evangelical ‘kerygma'”.

 

Referring to the Pope’s Message, Archbishop Veglio notes that “the mass media, because of the immediate impact they have on public opinion, must seriously undertake to supply correct and ample information, avoiding demagogic terminology which is offensive to the image of forced migrants. The contribution of the media is necessary in order to make society aware of new situations, and of the real violations of refugees’ rights”.

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Solidarity a Global Challenge, Says Pope

ZE07111109 – 2007-11-11
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Solidarity a Global Challenge, Says Pope

Urges Sharing of Resources, Including Technology

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 11, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI says he is convinced that solidarity is the great challenge of the globalized world.

“[O]nly through a common commitment to sharing [is it] possible to respond to the great challenge of our time: that of building up a world of peace and justice in which every man can live with dignity,” the Pope said today before leading the praying of the midday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square.

He added, “This can happen if a global model of authentic solidarity prevails, one that is able to assure all the inhabitants of the planet food, water, necessary medicines, and also work and energy resources, as well as cultural goods and scientific and technological knowledge.”

The Holy Father meditated on the example left by the saint that the Church celebrates today, Martin of Tours (316-397), a soldier, bishop, and founder of the oldest known monastery in Europe.

The Pope recalled that St. Martin has passed into history above all for an act of fraternal charity, which has inspired numerous artists, such as El Greco.

“While still a young soldier, he met a poor man along the road who was frozen and trembling from the cold,” the Pontiff explained. “Martin took his own cloak and cutting it with his sword, gave half of it to the man. That night Jesus appeared to Martin in a dream, smiling and wrapped in the cloak.”

Benedict XVI exhorted all Christians “to be, like St. Martin, generous witnesses of the Gospel of charity and tireless builders of solidary sharing.”

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