Forthcoming [January 14, 2018] MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS FOR THE WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES: To welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants and refugees

Forthcoming [January 14, 2018] MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS FOR THE WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES: To welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants and refugees

To paraphrase a remark by Pope Francis on a similar matter: A person who thinks only about reinforcing borders, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.

About – by Thomas Williams, Ph.D., ex-L.C., a.k.a. Mr. Elizabeth Lev Glendon

Pope Francis Calls for ‘Broader Options’ for Migrants to Enter Countries Legally

21 Aug 2017 – In a new message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees Pope Francis has called for “broader options for migrants and refugees to enter destination countries safely and legally.”
In his message for 2018, released today from the Vatican, the Pope outlined his vision for an international approach to the migrant crisis with a four-point program: “to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate.”

Among his concrete suggestions for welcoming migrants, Francis calls for an increase and simplification of the process for granting humanitarian visas and for reunifying families. He also expresses his hope that more countries will adopt “private and community sponsorship programmes,” and open “humanitarian corridors for particularly vulnerable refugees.”

The duty to protect migrants, the Pope says, means defending “the rights and dignity of migrants and refugees, independent of their legal status.”

This protection entails “adequate consular assistance, the right to personally retain their documents of identification at all times, fair access to justice, the possibility of opening a personal bank account, and a minimum sufficient to live on,” he states.

Underage migrants, he says, “must be spared any form of detention related to migratory status, and must be guaranteed regular access to primary and secondary education.”

Promoting, on the other hand, essentially means “a determined effort to ensure that all migrants and refugees – as well as the communities which welcome them – are empowered to achieve their potential as human beings,” Francis asserts.

In a more controversial statement, Francis suggests that all migrants, “including those seeking asylum” should be given “the possibility of employment, language instruction and active citizenship, together with sufficient information provided in their mother tongue.”

Integrating, the fourth principle in the Pope’s program, means becoming one with the new society in which a person is residing, but is not “an assimilation that would lead migrants to suppress their own cultural identity.”

In the past, Francis has suggested that this principle means that nations should not take in more migrants than they can reasonably assimilate—which includes housing, education and employment.

Last year, while praising Sweden’s history of welcoming migrants, he warned that integration is absolutely essential.

“What is the danger when a refugee or migrant is not integrated?” Francis asked. “He is ghettoized, that is, he enters a ghetto. And a culture that does not develop in relation with another culture, that is dangerous,” he said.

“I think that in theory no one should close their heart to a refugee, but those who govern must also exercise prudence. They should be very open to receiving them, but they should also calculate how they will be able to settle them, because a refugee must not only be welcomed, but also integrated.”

“And if a country is only able to integrate 20, let’s say, then it should only accept that many. If another is able to do more, let it do more,” he said.

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Comment – by Marco Tosatti – Google translation of


August 21, 2017 – The Vatican has announced the message signed by the Pontiff for the World Migrant and Refugee Day, which will be celebrated on January 14, 2018.

I do not know who the Monsignor/s have helped in drafting the text, which brings its signature, and which as such has the value of a Pope’s warning to the world. It is a planetary message, and consequently, in my opinion, it can not be said that the pontiff in it takes position on the whole Italian problem and piddles the “Ius soli”. The Pontiff indicates what would be the optimum and desirable solutions in an idyllic, utopian world; If there are some economic downturns on individual national situations, this is a problem for individual nations. Of course he is a good assistant to the government and to the forces that support him, and in addition share the honor and, above all, cooperatives and so on with the Italian Church, the honors of that good business that are migrants.

But some observations, even a surely superficial and un-meditated reading, glitter. As well as some omissions. And what about the “timing” of the document’s publication, when from Spain to Finland Europe is weeping its dead?

One of them is the point where he says, pulling Benedict XVI in his shoulders, “The principle of the centrality of the human person, firmly affirmed by my beloved predecessor Benedict XVI, always obliges us to always pre-empt personal security to that national”. That is, to better accommodate migrants, it is preferable to jeopardize the security of the country hosting them (and hence their)? It is a singular principle, which is certainly not applied in the Vatican, and in Palaces – such as Piazza San Calisto – where to enter without controls, appointments, recognitions, etc. etc. It is impossible for everyone, let alone migrants who may be somewhat dangerous …

The other point – but there are many, in this ideological paper designed for an unreal world – is about integration. “Integration is not an assimilation, which induces to suppress or forget its cultural identity.” But Holiness, the problem with which Europe, and in general the Western world, is precisely this: that a certain culture has no desire to open up and integrate, rather, it creates within certainly open and welcoming societies of the Belgians , Londonistan, and so on. Let’s say what is the reality in countries like Sweden, so open that it is no longer possible to write in the newspapers the nationality of the perpetrators of crime to not incite racism, and where some areas of large cities are out of control of the state.

My Holiness, I understand that Europe and the West are not cute, but still are a culture that has given much to the world, and that has the right to protect yourself and be protected like Quechua or other indigenous ethnic groups. Or not?

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One comment on “Forthcoming [January 14, 2018] MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS FOR THE WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES: To welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants and refugees

  1. Comment by Deacon Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch:

    Rights of Muslim migrants override national security concerns

    AUGUST 21, 2017 – The Pope has said: “We can speak today of an Arab invasion” of Europe. But here he is actively encouraging and abetting this invasion. Does he think the Muslim migrants will include none who wish to destroy the existing society by means of jihad and impose Sharia? Well, he has said that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence,” and so he may indeed think that the Muslim migrants to Europe are just coming in order to enfold the natives in a loving embrace.

    “Leave them; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)

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