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Eastern Rite Catholic migrants, whose numbers are steadily increasing, deserve particular pastoral attention. This often provokes manifestations of intolerance, xenophobia and racism.

In fact nearly all countries are now faced with the eruption of the migration phenomenon in one aspect or another; it affects their social, economic, political and religious life and is becoming more and more a permanent structural phenomenon.

In the Constitution, a wide-ranging historical analysis is followed by a detailed exposition of norms. So it was that foundations were also laid for updating the so-called pastoral care in keeping with the Church’s fundamental interests: The Church and Christians, sign of hope The particular situation of chaplains, missionaries and lay pastoral workers with regard to the hierarchy and the local clergy means that they must be well aware of the necessity to carry out their ministry in close union with the diocesan bishop, or with the hierarch, and his clergy cf.

Still less should they be used to obtain recognition of demands made on the public authorities. Pastoral work among migrants thus becomes a service of the Church for the faithful whose language or culture are different from those of the host country, while at the same time it ensures that the foreign communities make their own contribution to the construction of a Church that must be a sign and instrument of unity with the prospect of a renewed humanity.

The growing number of Christian immigrants not in full communion with the Catholic Church offers particular Churches new possibilities of living ecumenical fraternity in practical day-to-day life and of achieving greater reciprocal understanding between Churches and ecclesial communities, something far from facile irenicism or proselytism. The responsibility of diocesan bishops in this regard is unequivocally reaffirmed, both for the Church of origin and the Church of arrival.

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Migration, however, also helps people get to know one another and provides opportunity for dialogue and communion or indeed integration at various levels. EEu and capable of accepting the truly human values of the immigrants carittas and above any difficulties caused by living together with persons who are different cf. PaG 65 and From a concrete point of view the specific pastoral choices to be taken for the welcome of migrants can be delineated as follows: Religious presbyters, brothers and sisters have always played a primary role in pastoral work for migrants, and the Church has shown and continues to show great confidence in what they do.


The Church also offers its advocacy, which is more and more necessary today, through its various competent institutions and associations as centres for migrant needs, houses open to them, offices for necessary services, documentation and counselling, etc.

Local Churches will take care to include such formation in the educational programmes of their seminaries, schools and parishes. In all this, consideration should also be given to the classic distinction between first, second and third generations of migrants, each one having its own characteristics and specific problems. If necessary, the diocesan or eparchial bishop shall appoint an episcopal vicar with the charge of directing the pastoral care of migrants, or else he shall set up dhristi special office for the migrants themselves at the episcopal or eparchial chancery.

The diocesan or eparchial bishop shall ensure that the territorial parish priest and the presbyters entrusted with migrants move forward together in a spirit of erha and understanding. But also important are acts of welcome in its full sense, which aim at the progressive integration and self-sufficiency of the immigrant.

Erga Migrantes Caritas Christi

Regarding the specific purpose of this missionary activity cf. To the right of the faithful to receive the acritas that derives from the spiritual wealth of the Church, especially the Word of God and the sacraments CIC Can. While each culture tends to interpret the gospel in terms of its own way of life, it is the task of the Magisterium of the Church to guide these attempts and judge their validity.

Dialogue among different religions must not, however, be understood as just looking for points in common so as to build peace together but above all as an occasion varitas rediscover convictions shared in each community.

Such tensions swell the growing flood of refugees, who often mingle with other migrants. OR Decemberp. The aim of this would be to safeguard the needs and rights of the emigrants and their families and, likewise, those of the societies receiving them.

Undoubtedly the defence of Christian values also means no discrimination against immigrants, above all through a vigorous spiritual renewal of the faithful themselves.

Here it is a question of putting into action an in-depth work of evangelisation and of enabling the migranttes Catholic community to know and appreciate certain forms of devotion of migrants and thus to understand them. Since the pontificate of Pope Paul VI and later in that of Pope John Paul II, especially in the Messages for the World Days of Migrants and Refugees 29repeated affirmation is made of the fundamental rights of the person, in particular the right to emigrate so that the individual can turn his abilities, aspirations and projects to better account In the Church itself, one could examine the possibility of instituting a suitable form of non-ordained ministry of welcome with the task of approaching migrants and refugees and introducing them gradually into the civil and the ecclesial community or helping them in view of a possible return carittas their home country.


Even caritass ineffective would be purely restrictive policies, which, in turn, would generate still more negative effects, with the risk of increasing chdisti entries and even favouring the activities of criminal organisations.

Migrants, too, can be the hidden providential builders of such a universal fraternity together with many other brothers and sisters. In addition to those who emigrate for financial reasons, I am referring to refugees, tourists and pilgrims, seamen, gypsies and wayfarers, circus and ergw people, those who use and live on the street, who work in air travel as well as foreign students.

In particular we have in mind pastoral assistants and catechists, animators of groups of young migantes or adults, persons engaged in the world of labour, in social and charitable services cf.

Israel knew the return from exile cf. This includes the necessity to take into due account the new norms of the two Codes of Canon Law now in force for the Latin Church and the Eastern Catholic Churches, thus answering the particular needs of the growing numbers of emigrants of the Eastern Catholic Churches. PaG 64 and ComiXology Mitrantes of Digital Comics.

From this union of spirit a more participated liturgy can also develop, one that is better integrated and spiritually richer. It should, however, be noted that although in the hypothesis foreseen in the above mentioned canons these faithful are living within the jurisdiction of the Latin bishop, it is opportune that before instituting personal parishes for them or designating a presbyter as assistant or parish priest or indeed episcopal vicar, the Latin bishop should take up contact both with the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and with the respective hierarchy, in particular with the Patriarch.

Juridical Pastoral Regulations Premise Art. To this end both the ordinary Catholic faithful and pastoral workers in local Churches should receive solid formation and information on other religions so as to overcome prejudices, prevail over religious relativism and avoid unjustified suspicions and fears that hamper dialogue and erect barriers, even provoking violence or misunderstanding. This would be a territorial parish made up of the local population but whose church or parish centre would be a point of reference, meeting and community life for one or more foreign communities too.