EUROPEAN CHURCHES AND MIGRANTS: CARD. BOZANIC, "NEVER LEAVE THEM ALONE"” “

"The pastoral care of migrants, parishes and religious communities should guarantee that no one is ever left alone. It is important to find ways to engage everyone in the community, so that all may share with others their gifts, including the faith". Card. Josip Bozanic, Archbishop of Zagreb and coordinator of the Migration Section of the CCEE Commission "Caritas in Veritate", addressed this invitation to Catholic communities in Europe as he opened the meeting "A pastoral of communion for a renewed evangelisation" organised by the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) in Rome (until 29 November). "No one can remain firm in their faith if their faith does not bear fruit in mission", Card. Bozanic said. "A hidden faith is doomed to die. We hope that the laws and culture in Europe and in the world will never prevent believers from living and professing their faith. And we hope that the faithful who decide to emigrate will be able to sow their faith everywhere they go". Card. Bozanic also recalled that "the Church, and therefore also her structures, must be a place of welcome for all the people who come or pass-by and give them the opportunity to meet with Jesus". "We cannot separate – he concluded – social assistance from charity, the promotion of justice and Christ’s proclamation". ” “” “

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