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

"Today many migrants are fleeing their countries to escape from inhuman living conditions without yet finding elsewhere what they are looking for". Nevertheless, "there cannot be true development if we do not promote the encounter of peoples, dialogue between cultures and respect for their differences", said Benedict XVI today as he received in audience the 300 participants in the 6th World Congress for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees (Rome, 9-12 November). "The migratory phenomenon is as old as the history of mankind – said the Pope – but considering the numbers and the complexity of the issues involved, it has now reached an unprecedented extent. It affects, in fact, almost every country in the world inscribed, as it were, in the vast process of globalisation". Millions of men, women and children, young and elderly people alike – continued the Pope –, are facing the tragedy of emigration more to survive than to improve their living conditions and those of their relatives. Moreover, there is an ever-widening economic gap between poor and industrialized countries. The global economic crisis and the rise in unemployment lessen the chances of finding a job and the number of those who cannot find a job, not even a temporary one, is growing". (continued)

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