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Vatican Secretary of State: Address migration’s root causes so that people may remain in their own countries

December 12, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: After welcoming the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, Cardinal Pietro Parolin called upon the international community to address migration’s root causes so that people may “live in safety and dignity in their own countries.” In addition, he said that when migrants enter new countries, there should be “integration ... neither merely assimilation nor incorporation, but a two-way process rooted in the mutual recognition of the fundamental equality and dignity of all.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Dec. 12, 2018 5:20 PM ET USA

    I don't often agree with Cardinal Parolin about political matters, but his moral reasoning is quite sound in his statement. Quoting Pope Francis, the Cardinal says: "integration 'is not the superimposition of one culture over another, nor mutual isolation, with the insidious and dangerous risk of creating ghettos.' It is rather a mutual enrichment based on mutual and interpersonal respect." Pope Francis also said that immigrants are "duty bound" to respect the laws of their host country.