MIGRANTS: BENEDICT XVI, "PROMOTE ENCOUNTER OF PEOPLES AND RESPECT FOR DIFFERENCES" (2)

Benedict XVI then recalled that many migrants "are forced to flee their own lands and native communities" and "to accept inhuman working conditions. They also experience integration difficulties because of the differences in the language, culture and social system of their host societies". According to him, the conditions of migrants and refugees remind us of "those of the people of the Old Testament who, after fleeing Egypt to escape slavery – keeping the dream of the Promised Land in their heart -, crossed the Red Sea but had to face the harshness of the desert before reaching their final destination". "Why not to look at the global phenomenon of migration as a way to promote understanding between peoples and the construction of peace and development for every nation?" asked the Pope. "Migrations are not without recalling the unity of the human family, the value of acceptance, hospitality and love for the neighbor. This must, however, find concrete expression in daily life through acts of sharing and assistance to others, especially to the needy". For this reason the Church – he concluded – "urges her faithful to open their hearts to migrants and their families, aware that they are not an ‘issue’ but a ‘resource’ to be valued".” ” ” “

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