Pope calls for legal migration and family reunion measures

Lamenting the "painful" condition of many migrants, refugees and exiles, Pope Benedict calls for recognition of the difficulties of migrant families and concrete measures to favour their legal immigration and to keep families united.

Pope Benedict also urged immigrants to heed the social values of their new countries, the International Herald Tribune reports.

"Let us recognise in particular the difficulties of migrant families as they are: the discomfort, the humiliation," he said in his Migrant Sunday address to pilgrims and tourists in St Peter's Square.

"It is thus important to protect migrants and their families through the help of legislative" assistance, services and counselling centres, Benedict said.

The Pope said he hope for a "balanced management of migratory flows and of human mobility in general", beginning with "concrete measures which favor legal emigration and the reuniting of families."

"Only respect for human dignity for all migrants, on one hand, and the recognition by the migrants themselves of the values of the societies which host them, will make possible the just integration of families in the social, economic and political systems" where they are now living, Benedict said.

"The reality of migration shouldn't be seen only as a problem but also and above all as a great resource on the path of humanity," Pope Benedict concluded.

Pope says migrants should heed values of host nation to further integration (International Herald Tribune, 14/1/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Pope Benedict Message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2007 (Vatican)

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Cowra family in last minute immigration reprieve (CathNews, 8/1/07)
Toowoomba bishop concerned about regional migrants' rights (CathNews, 25/8/06)
Toowoomba diocese rejects DIMA's guest worker claims (CathNews, 5/9/06)

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