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Efforts to aid refugees should not be motivated by proselytism: Cardinal Müller

February 29, 2016

The prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said that Christians in Europe should assist refugees as an act of love, not with the motive of converting them.

"We must not use the charity we practice and transform it into an instrument of proselytism," said Cardinal Gerhard Müller. He explained that proselytism is "practically a manipulation of conscience."

Help for refugees, or others in need, should come with no strings attached, the German cardinal said. He observed: "Sometimes a silent witness is the best witness of the love of God."


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