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Missionaries should accompany migrants, says Vatican official

January 19, 2011

In a likely reference to missionary priests and religious, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People said that at a recent conference that “it is very important that the Churches of departure for migrants follow their missionary vocation not to neglect those who leave their home community to go elsewhere.”

Archbishop Antonio Maria Vegliò noted that “those who arrive today in European Union countries are mostly Christians” and denounced “despicable attacks against migrants have occurred in recent years, people who have often been victims of intolerance, discrimination, and xenophobia, with isolated episodes of racism.”


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