WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS: POPE BENEDICT XVI’S MESSAGE (3)

Benedict XVI then focused on minor refugees seeking asylum who "for various reasons, are fleeing their own country, where they are not given adequate protection. Statistics show that their numbers are increasing. This is therefore a phenomenon that calls for careful evaluation and coordinated action by implementing appropriate measures of prevention, protection and welcome, as set forth in the Convention on the Rights of the Child". The message ends with a twofold appeal. An appeal addressed to the parishes and to the many Catholic associations to "take pains to meet the needs of these brothers and sisters of ours". Then, expressing "gratitude" for all that is being done with "great generosity", the Pope invited all Christians to "become aware of the social and pastoral challenges posed by migrant and refugee minors". "Hospitality and solidarity to strangers, especially if they are children, become a proclamation of the Gospel of solidarity". Finally, Benedict XVI called on the leaders of Nations and those in charge of international organizations and institutions to promote opportune initiatives for their support".” ” ” ” ” ” ” “

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