BENEDICT XVI: "THE CHURCH’S SOLICITUDE FOR THE MIGRANT AND ITINERANT FAMILY"

"We should not forget that the family, even the migrant and the itinerant one, is the original cell of society, and must not be destroyed but defended with courage and patience". This morning, those words were spoken by Benedict XVI while receiving in hearing the members of the Papal Council of the pastoral for migrants and itinerants at the Consistory Room. The occasion was the plenary session of the very Papal Council. The family, pointed out the Pope, "represents the community in which, ever since childhood, one is trained to adore and love God, by learning the principles of moral human values, and by learning to use one’s freedom well, in truth. Unfortunately, in several circumstances, this happens with difficulty, especially when the family has to undergo the human mobility phenomenon". Therefore, here is "the Church’s solicitude for the migrant family", and the "pastoral interest for the moving one". According to the Holy Father, "this commitment to keep unity of vision and action between the two ‘wings’ (migration and itinerancy) of human mobility may help us to better understand the importance of the phenomenon". And at the same time, it may stimulate everybody to a specific pastoral, encouraged by the Supreme Pontiffs, supported by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, and adequately sustained through documents drawn up by your Papal Council". (To be continued)

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