[…] 8. A significant number of people and families who live in the various
districts of the city of Rome, not just the suburbs, are burdened by serious
economic, social, psychological and health problems. The aging of the
population, the demographic crisis, the presence of homeless people are the
consequence of ill-advised choices, as well as a symptom of the hardships and
uncertainties of our time. May the Christians of Rome, and in particular those
entrusted with pastoral tasks and responsibilities, be aware that they must carry
out their mission in a context in which many people find themselves
experiencing situations of great suffering.
Particular effort must be poured into welcoming the many refugees and migrants
so that the Church of Rome is, for all the other Churches, a witness to the fact
that no one must be excluded: “your doors will always be open” (Is 60, 11).
Through targeted pastoral and social programmes, the contribution that each
one can make to the good of all must be recognised, supported and valued. […]