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Irish primate: reflect on St. Patrick as an undocumented migrant

March 17, 2017

Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland, has issued his St. Patrick’s Day message and called for reflection on St. Patrick as a refugee and undocumented migrant.

“This Saint Patrick’s Day, prompted by the situation of thousands of displaced people around the world, let us think about Patrick the ‘unlearned refugee’ (as he once described himself), the slave in exile, Patrick the undocumented migrant,” he wrote. “As Irish people, we cannot think of Patrick without acknowledging the enormous humanitarian and pastoral challenges facing growing numbers of people who find themselves displaced and without status in our world.”

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  • Posted by: rpp - Mar. 20, 2017 8:55 AM ET USA

    I rolled my eyes so hard I saw my own brain. Patric was brought to Ireland as a slave. The whole concept of "undocumented migrant" was completely alien at a time in history when the vast majority of people were illiterate. This is just political grandstanding by hijacking a religion.

  • Posted by: FredC - Mar. 19, 2017 6:04 PM ET USA

    Today's illegal aliens are not coming as slaves.

  • Posted by: nix898049 - Mar. 17, 2017 5:10 PM ET USA

    So, let's hope there's a new St. Patrick among 'm then. Ireland could certainly use one.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Mar. 17, 2017 9:38 AM ET USA

    Episcopal grandstanding? They had immigration documents in St Patrick's time?? Slaves immigrants? Talk about anachronisms and malaprops!