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Mass migration creates new chances to evangelize, writes Vatican official

Catholic World News - January 10, 2012

The worldwide phenomenon of migration “opens unique opportunities for evangelization,” writes the president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants in an article that appears in an Italian magazine.

Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio explains that migration “offers Christian communities the chance to bear witness to Jesus Christ, especially through respectful dialogue and the concrete witness of solidarity. Migrants can also reawaken drowsy Christian consciences, calling people to a more coherent Christian life.”

The archbishop adds that the mass media have a special responsibility for handling the issue of migration, saying that reports should provide factual information, avoid inflammatory language, and “make society aware of new situations and of real violations of refugees’ rights.”

The article by Archbishop Veglio appear in the Migranti Press, looking forward to the observance of the Word Day for Migrants on January 15.

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