The Message of the Holy Father for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2019 was presented in a press conference on Monday 27 May 2019.
The press conference was attended by H.E. Mons. Jean-Claude Hollerich, President of COMECE, Fr. Fabio Baggio CS and Fr. Michael Czerny SJ, Undersecretaries of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and Fr. Leonir Chiarello CS, Superior General of the Scalabrinian Missionaries.
The title is: “It is not just about migrants”.
“(…) The most economically advanced societies are witnessing a growing trend towards extreme individualism which, combined with a utilitarian mentality and reinforced by the media, is producing a “globalization of indifference”. In this scenario, migrants, refugees, displaced persons and victims of trafficking have become emblems of exclusion. In addition to the hardships that their condition entails, they are often looked down upon and considered the source of all society’s ills. That attitude is an alarm bell warning of the moral decline we will face if we continue to give ground to the throw-away culture. In fact, if it continues, anyone who does not fall within the accepted norms of physical, mental and social well-being is at risk of marginalization and exclusion. (…)” Pope Francis
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