WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS: POPE BENEDICT XVI’S MESSAGE (2)” “” “

” ” "Although there is increasing public awareness of the need for immediate and incisive action to protect minors, nevertheless, many are left to themselves and, in various ways, face the risk of exploitation", explained the Benedict XVI. Hence he expressed the hope that "proper attention will be given to minor migrants who need a social environment that permits and fosters their physical, cultural, spiritual and moral development". The Pontiff then stressed "a typical aspect of the migration of minors", which is characteristic of the situation of children born in the host country or of those who do not live with their parents, who emigrated after their birth, but join them later. "These adolescents belong to two cultures with all the advantages and problems attached to their dual background, a condition that can nevertheless offer them the opportunity to experience the wealth of an encounter between different cultural traditions". For this reason, "it is important that these young people be given the possibility of attending school and subsequently of being integrated into the world of work, and that their social integration be facilitated by appropriate educational and social structures. It should never be forgotten that adolescence constitutes a fundamental phase for the formation of human beings". (continued)” ” ” “

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