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Israel knew the return drga exile cf. The roots of the phenomenon can also be traced back to exaggerated nationalism and, in many countries, even to hatred and systematic or violent exclusion of ethnic or religious minorities from society.
As regards carrying out their apostolate among migrants and itinerant people, all religious are bound to obey the dispositions of the diocesan or eparchial bishop.
These include pastoral structures which must also be apt to guarantee communion between pastoral agents in the field of migration and the local hierarchy in the receiving country. Thus, in the second post-war period of the last century, while religious institutions for social assistance to immigrants were being founded in various nations, people finally felt the need for an authoritative intervention on the part of the Holy See in order to reactivate and reorganize the vast and complex pastoral involvement in this sector.
The latter, in accordance with Can. 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.
The shortage of priests for migrants can be partly remedied by entrusting certain activities in the parish to suitably prepared laymen in conformity with the CIC cf. 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 to rediscover convictions shared in each community.
In such responsibility the Episcopal Conferences of the various countries and the corresponding structures in the Eastern Churches are also involved.
Erga Migrantes Caritas Christi
This raises the question of the relation of liturgy with the character, tradition and genius of different cultural groups and how to respond to the particular social and cultural situation of such groups by pastoral care that should consider their specific liturgical formation and ways of making liturgy more lively cf.
We are all therefore called to a culture of solidarity often solicited by the Magisterium, so as to achieve together a real communion of persons.
All this reveals important theological and pastoral insights. This begins first in the reciprocal exchange of information on matters of common pastoral interest. Today, especially in certain countries, there is a high or growing percentage of Muslim immigrants, for whom this Pontifical Council also expresses its solicitude.
However, even without such extremes, it is necessary to reiterate that foreign workers are not to be considered merchandise or merely manpower. Nevertheless we ourselves must never renounce the proclamation — either explicit or implicit according to circumstances — of salvation in Christ, the only Mediator between God and man. Another matter to be remembered is that in certain circumstances it is legitimate for non-Catholics to receive the Eucharist together with Catholics, as confirmed also by the recent encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia.
Otherwise it would cease to be the first-fruit and sign, the leaven and prophecy of the universal Kingdom and community that welcomes every human being without preference for persons or peoples. We can also envisage the case of a local parish with an ethnic-linguistic mission or with one based on a particular rite.
Such an integration is an essential condition for pastoral care, for and with migrants, to become a significant expression of the universal Church and missio ad Gentesfraternal and peaceful meeting, house of everyone, school of communion that is received and shared, of reconciliation that is implored and granted, of mutual and fraternal welcome and solidarity, as well as authentic human and Christian promotion.
In fact nearly chrsti 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. Migration and the History of Salvation The hard test of migration and deportation is therefore fundamental to the story of the chosen people in view of the salvation of all peoples: There will also be an ecumenical taste to the event, with the chfisti of members of other Christian Churches, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, the Anglican Church, and the World Lutheran Federation.
Reciprocity is also an attitude of heart and spirit that enables us to live together everywhere with equal rights and duties.
Erga migrantes caritas Christi – The love of Christ towards migrants
The challenge of human mobility International migration Domestic migration. Plurality is a treasure, and dialogue is the as yet imperfect and ever evolving realization of that final unity to which humanity aspires and is called. We are all therefore called to a culture of solidarity 7often solicited by the Magisterium, so as to achieve together a real communion of persons.
Owing also to the shortage of their numbers, presbyters should make the most of the lay faithful in non-ordained ministries. Inculturation, cultural and religious pluralism The Church of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council Welcome and solidarity Liturgy and popular piety Catholic migrants Eastern Rite Catholic migrants Migrants of other Churches and Ecclesial Communities Migrants of other religions in general Four matters calling for particular attention Muslim migrants Interreligious dialogue.
The impetus of the Council consequently inspired in the particular Churches a renewed commitment to discussing their own internal problems with immigrants and to preparing a more appropriate form of intervention, since they had come to feel that it was they that were primarily responsible for the pastoral care of immigrants. In the vision of the Second Vatican Council there are three fundamental ways in which the Church carries out its pastoral ministry:. In contemporary society, to which migration contributes by making it more and more multiethnic, intercultural and multireligious, Christians are called to face a substantially new and fundamental chapter in the missionary task: For this reason the entire Church in the host country must feel concerned and engaged regarding immigrants.
The diocesan or eparchial bishop shall therefore ensure that these institutes, with full respect for their own rules and bearing in mind their obligations and their charism, lack neither the spiritual assistance nor the material means necessary for them to carry out their mission.
Presentation of the Instruction Erga migrantes caritas Christi
Such an integration is an essential condition for pastoral care, for and with migrants, to become daritas significant expression of the universal Church and missio ad Gentesfraternal and peaceful meeting, house of everyone, school of communion that is received and shared, of reconciliation that is implored and granted, of mutual and fraternal welcome and solidarity, as well as authentic human and Christian promotion.
In the case of non-Christian immigrants, the Church is also concerned with their human development and with the witness of Christian charity, which migrsntes has an evangelising value that may open hearts for the explicit proclamation of the gospel when this is done with due Christian prudence and full respect for the freedom of the ergga.
It is practically marked by the vocation to be in exile, chrsiti diaspora, dispersed among cultures and ethnic groups without ever identifying itself completely with any of these. To this end, the Church encourages the ratification of the international legal instruments that ensure the rights of migrants, refugees and carotas families.
Thus, an initial anxiety about the caitas dangers implicit in this phenomenon was followed by an appraisal of its spiritual and cultural potential, without forgetting the human cost of the experience of migration and its manifold social, financial and political effects. In view of his office the co-ordinator has the duty of maintaining relations both with the diocesan and eparchial bishops of the country a quo and with those of the country ad quem.
On this basis we can envisage: It is the duty of the Migration Commission or the bishop promoter: Faith perceives in it the journey of the Patriarchs, sustained by the promise as they moved towards the future homeland, and that of the Hebrews, freed from slavery, as they crossed the Red Sea in the Exodus, that formed the People of the Covenant.
Indeed even a prolonged practice of receiving the sacraments according to the rite of another Church sui chrsiti does not mean that they become members of that Church cf. DPMC and of the lay faithful cf.