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Pope Francis: at Migration and Peace Forum, “to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate” is “our shared response” to forced migration

Vaticano, 21 febbraio 2017: Papa Francesco riceve in udienza il Forum Internazionale "Migrazioni e Pace" (foto L'Osservatore Romano)

“The beginning of this third millennium is very much characterized by migratory movement which, in terms of origin, transit and destination, involves nearly every part of the world”. Pope Francis said this in his address to the participants in the Forum on Migration and Peace that is being held in the Clementine Hall. “Unfortunately, in the majority of cases this movement is forced, caused by conflict, natural disasters, persecution, climate change, violence, extreme poverty and inhumane living conditions”, Pope Francis decried, adding that “the sheer number of people migrating from one continent to another, or shifting places within their own countries and geographical areas, is striking. Contemporary movements of migration represent the largest movement of individuals, if not of peoples, in history”. Hence, Pope Francis’ “particular concern” for “the forced nature of many contemporary migratory movements, which increases the challenges presented to the political community, to civil society and to the Church, and which amplifies the urgency for a coordinated and effective response to these challenges”. “Our shared response” to this phenomenon, for Pope Francis, should be articulated by four verbs: “to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate”.



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