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Vatican message calls for ‘universal accessibility’ to tourism

June 24, 2016

The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People has released its annual message for World Tourism Day, which falls on September 27.

In “Tourism for All - Promoting Universal Accessibility,” the pontifical council stated that “we are convinced that tourism humanizes, because it is – to name just a few positive characteristics – a chance for recreation, an opportunity for mutual understanding between peoples and cultures, an instrument for economic development, a promoter of peace and dialogue, a possibility for education and for personal growth, a moment of encounter with nature, and an environment for spiritual growth.”

“Tourism is not only an opportunity, but is a right of every person and cannot be limited to certain social classes or to certain specific geographical areas,” the pontifical council continued. “It is necessary to promote a ‘tourism for all’ that is ethical and sustainable; physically, economically and socially accessible; and one that avoids all forms of discrimination.”


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  • Posted by: garedawg - Jun. 24, 2016 2:10 PM ET USA

    By golly, I'm gonna head to Europe with my tube socks, tennis shoes, fanny pack, beer belly, and loud voice and tell everyone there that I'm serving my Church by being a good tourist!

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Jun. 24, 2016 10:46 AM ET USA

    Is tourism really threatened? Who is really paying attention to such messages? Isn't there really too much "Vatican paper" which dilutes then the meaning of statements from the Vatican with every fiefdom issuing statements as if all Vatican pronouncements were on the same level. The ecclesiastical boy who cries wolf effect! There was a time when the Holy Office was the Supreme Congregation and all statements went through it. There was much less verbiage then.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Jun. 24, 2016 10:39 AM ET USA

    Do we really need a message on tourism as if it were a threatened category? Sounds like a dicastery in search of a mission.