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Migrants: CCEE, annual meeting of bishops and delegates on “A movement of humanity” from 13 to 15 July

“A movement of humanity: the flow of migrants and news. Dialogue and communication for a culture of encounter” – this is the theme of the annual meeting of Bishops and Delegates entrusted with the Ministry of Migrants of the Bishops’ Conferences in Europe (CCEE) that will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from 13 to 15 July. The meeting will be an occasion – a statement reads – to “explore the relationship between migratory flow and its perception by the public opinion, directed by communication agencies that do not always promote dialogue and the culture of encounter”. “The Catholic Church in Sweden is a Church of migrants. Most of us have come from other countries, and some of us from other denominations”, explained Card. Anders Arborelius, Bishop of Stockholm in charge of the Migration section of the CCEE Commission “Pastoral Care of Social Issues”. “As Christians, we are all pilgrims on the way to God’s heavenly kingdom”, the cardinal recalled, adding that “if we are really aware of this grace, we will also be able to be more open and welcoming to all those migrants that God has sent to us”.
The meeting, as an open session, will begin on Friday, 13 July, at 6pm in the St Erik cathedral church of Stockholm and will be attended by some representatives of migrant communities in the Swedish capital. The work will be opened by Cardinal Arborelius and by Mgr. Giampaolo Crepaldi, Archbishop of Trieste and President of the CCEE Commission “Pastoral Care of Social Issues”. Subsequently, Fr. José María La Porte, Dean of the Faculty of Institutional Social Communication of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome), will address the theme of “Immigration and public opinion: the dynamics of information”.
Also taking the floor in the following days will be Fr. Henrik Alberius, president of Caritas Sweden; Yuri Tykhovlis and Lidia Magni Yuri, from the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development; and Mgr. Robert Vitillo, Secretary General of ICMC (International Catholic Migration Commission). The conclusions are entrusted to Mgr. Duarte da Cunha, Secretary General of CCEE. The meeting will end in the morning of Sunday, 15 July, with the celebration of a Holy Mass together with some migrant communities in the church of St. Eugenia in Stockholm, and a visit to the Abbey of Our Lady and of St. Bridget in Vadstena.

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