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OR 6 Septemberp. Migrants, too, can be the hidden providential builders of such a universal fraternity together with many other brothers and sisters.

Erga Migrantes Caritas Christi

EV 10 It also imposes the need of inter-religious dialogue because of the increasing number of migrants belonging to other religions, particularly Muslims, in traditionally Catholic countries, and vice-versa. Today, especially in certain countries, there is a high or growing percentage of Muslim immigrants, for whom this Pontifical Council also expresses its solicitude.

In fact nearly all countries are now faced with the eruption of the migration phenomenon in one aspect or another; it affects their social, economic, political and religious life and is becoming more and more a permanent structural phenomenon.

In his frequent Discourses on the human, social and erta problems of emigration, John Paul II has given and continues to give to this now ongoing phenomenon an especially personal touch, marked by the strong Christian humanism of his Encyclicals. OR 4 Septemberp. Pius X, Motu proprio Iam pridem: Such tensions swell the growing flood of refugees, who often mingle with other migrants.

On the other hand, a personal ethnic-linguistic parish or one based on a particular rite is foreseen for places where there is an immigrant community that will continually have newcomers even in the future, and where that community is numerically strong. On the other hand, a personal ethnic-linguistic parish or one based on a particular rite is foreseen for places where there chrsti an immigrant community that will continually have newcomers even in the future, and where that community is numerically strong.

Caritsa and solidarity With regard to principles, the Document affirms that assistance should be provided by priests of the same nationality as the immigrants, or who speak the same language; they must also be properly trained and work under the authority of the local Ordinary; local pastors must show the same concern for immigrants that is required of them in their ordinary pastoral duties in the territory.

The responsibility of chriwti bishops in this regard is unequivocally reaffirmed, both for the Church of origin and the Ergx of arrival. GS 65 17the dignity of migrants cf. These documents also illustrate the pastoral dimension of work for migrants.

Religious presbyters, brothers and sisters working among migrants. In this case, in fact, the intention christk to meet a grave spiritual need for the eternal salvation of an individual believer, not to bring about an intercommunion which remains impossible until the visible bonds of ecclesial communion are fully re-established.

In all this the general norms will be observed as laid down by the Holy See and recalled in the Apostolic Letter Dies Dominiwhich states: PG 6, ; Tertullian, Apologeticum As a result contacts with other Churches and Ecclesial Communities increase. To this end both the ordinary Catholic faithful and pastoral workers in local Churches should receive solid formation and information on other religions so as to overcome prejudices, prevail over religious relativism and avoid unjustified suspicions and fears that hamper dialogue and erect barriers, even provoking violence or misunderstanding.


In the Church itself, one could examine the possibility of instituting a suitable form of non-ordained ministry of welcome with the task of approaching migrants and refugees and introducing them gradually into the civil and the ecclesial community or helping them in view of a possible return to their home country.

This is because they often have to suffer physical, verbal and even sexual abuse, work long hours, often without the benefits of medical care and the usual forms of social security.

It is unthinkable that these Churches should fail to dialogue with one another and systematically discuss, evenin periodic meetings, problems concerning thousands of migrants. Conversion and the request for baptism by adult Muslims also require very careful attention, both because of the particular nature of the Muslim religion and the consequences that follow from this. If, on the one hand, the suffering that goes with migration is neither more nor less than the birth-pangs of a new humanity, on the other the inequalities and disparities behind this suffering reveal the deep wounds that sin causes in the human family.

Ecclesiastical authorities should therefore encourage in particular the work done by those who, under the seal of religious vows, have the apostolate to migrants as their own specific goal or who have acquired appreciable experience in that field. In this connection we feel duty-bound to remember the apostolate of religious women, so often dedicated to the pastoral care of migrants, with specific charisms and performing works of great pastoral importance.

In other cases, the local people and immigrants have remained culturally separate but have shown that they are able to live together, respecting each other and accepting or tolerating the diversity of customs. The same Spirit in the course of history has also brought into being institutes whose specific goal is the apostolate to migrants 71each having migranfes own organisation. The role of co-ordinating these initiatives belongs to the competent commission of the Episcopal Conference or the corresponding hierarchical structures of the Eastern Catholic Churches.

If left to themselves without any spiritual guide, these temporary migrants, instead of bearing Christian witness, may be the cause of erroneous judgments about Christianity. OR 4 Septemberp. Inthe context of interventions on behalf of migrants was improved by specific structures in the Roman Curia, when Paul VI founded the Pontifical Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migration and Tourism which became in the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peopleand it was entrusted with the important tasks of coordination, animation and pastoral encouragement, especially with regard to the individual Bishops’ Conferences.

SC 23 and also promote the wider participation of the faithful in the egga Church cf. No state is any longer exempt from the consequences of some form of migration, which is often strongly linked to negative factors.


Presentation of the Instruction Erga migrantes caritas Christi

In the face of the widespread migratory phenomenon, with aspects profoundly different today from what they were in the past, policies on a purely national level would be of little value. They are now more and more numerous. GS 65 and 66 and to realise the influence that emigration has on life.

Religious, social, charitable and cultural associations of Christian inspiration should also make efforts to involve immigrants themselves in their structures.

It is the first official document of the Holy See to delineate the pastoral care of migrants globally and systematically, from both the historical and canonical points of view. Reciprocity is also an attitude of heart and spirit that enables us to live together everywhere with equal rights and duties. Among the principal Catholic organisations for assistance of migrants and refugees, we cannot fail to mention the International Catholic Migration Commission established in Popular devotion is right to consider Mary as the Madonna of the Way.

The new CIC simply uses the word c appellanuscf. He has no direct competence, however, over the migrants who, by reason of their domicile or semi-domicile, are subject to the jurisdiction of the ordinaries or hierarchs of the particular Churches or eparchies.

Local Churches will take care to include such formation in the educational programmes of their seminaries, schools and parishes. The chaplain here would be part of the parish team. L’Osservatore Romano is the newspaper of the Holy See. From this union of spirit a more participated liturgy can also develop, one that is better integrated and spiritually richer. Religious presbyters, brothers and sisters have always played a primary role in pastoral work for migrants, and the Church has shown and continues to show great confidence in what they do.

This type of mobility, left for the most part to evolve unattended, has encouraged the rapid and disordered expansion of urban centres unprepared to take in such masses of people and has fomented the growth of slums where conditions of life are socially and morally precarious.

The Magisterium has likewise always denounced social and economic imbalances that are, for the most part, the cause of migration, the dangers of an uncontrolled globalisation in which migrants are more the victims than the protagonists of their migration, and the serious problem of irregular immigration, especially when the migrant is an object of trafficking and exploitation by criminal organisations Cultural plurality thus invites contemporary man to practise dialogue and also face basic questions such as the meaning of life and history, suffering and poverty, hunger, sickness and death.

As regards the concept of the pastoral care of migrants cf.