The Vatican has announced the message signed by the Pontiff for the World Migrant and Refugee Day, which will be celebrated on January 14, 2018.

I invite you to read the full text of the message , which is below.

I do not know who the Monsignor / s have helped in drafting the text, which brings its signature, and which as such has the value of a Pope’s warning to the world. It is a planetary message, and consequently, in my opinion, it can not be said that the pontiff in it takes position on the whole Italian problem and piddles the “Ius soli”. The Pontiff indicates what would be the optimum and desirable solutions in an idyllic, utopian world; If there are some economic downturns on individual national situations, this is a problem for individual nations. Of course he is a good assistant to the government and to the forces that support him, and in addition share the honor and, above all, cooperatives and so on with the Italian Church, the honors of that good business that are migrants.

But some observations, even a surely superficial and un-meditated reading, glitter. As well as some omissions. And what about the “timing” of the document’s publication, when from Spain to Finland Europe is weeping its dead?

One of them is the point where he says, pulling Benedict XVI in his shoulders, “The principle of the centrality of the human person, firmly affirmed by my beloved predecessor Benedict XVI, always obliges us to always pre-empt personal security to that national”. That is, to better accommodate migrants, it is preferable to jeopardize the security of the country hosting them (and hence their)? It is a singular principle, which is certainly not applied in the Vatican, and in Palaces – such as Piazza San Calisto – where to enter without controls, appointments, recognitions, etc. etc. It is impossible for everyone, let alone migrants who may be somewhat dangerous …

The other point – but there are many, in this ideological paper designed for an unreal world – is about integration. “Integration is not an assimilation, which induces to suppress or forget its cultural identity.” But Holiness, the problem with which Europe, and in general the Western world, is precisely this: that a certain culture has no desire to open up and integrate, rather, it creates within certainly open and welcoming societies of the Belgians , Londonistan, and so on. Let’s say what is the reality in countries like Sweden, so open that it is no longer possible to write in the newspapers the nationality of the perpetrators of crime to not incite racism, and where some areas of large cities are out of control of the state.

My Holiness, I understand that Europe and the West are not cute, but still are a culture that has given much to the world, and that has the right to protect yourself and be protected like Quechua or other indigenous ethnic groups. Or not?



[January 14, 2018]

“To welcome, protect, promote and integrate

Migrants and refugees ”

Dear brothers and sisters!

“The dwelling foreigner among you will treat him as the one born among you; You will love it as yourself because you have been strangers in Egypt. I am the Lord your God “(Lk. 19:34).

During my early pontificate I have repeatedly expressed particular concern about the sad situation of many migrants and refugees fleeing wars, persecutions, natural disasters and poverty. This is undoubtedly a “sign of the times” I have tried to read, invoking the light of the Holy Spirit since my visit to Lampedusa on July 8, 2013. In establishing the new Dicastery for the Integral Human Development Service, I wanted That a special section, timed under my direct guidance, expressed the Church’s concern to migrants, displaced persons, refugees and victims of trafficking.

Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity to meet with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the accepted or rejected stranger of all ages (cf. Mt 25,35,43). The Lord entrusts to the motherly love of the Church every human being forced to leave his homeland in search of a better future. [1] This solicitude has to be expressed concretely at every stage of migratory experience: from departure to journey, from arrival to return. It is a great responsibility that the Church intends to share with all believers and goodwill men and women who are called to respond to the many challenges posed by contemporary migrations with generosity, lowliness, wisdom and foresight, each according to their own possibility.

In this regard, I would like to reaffirm that “our common response could be articulated around four verbs based on the principles of the Church’s doctrine: to receive, protect, promote and integrate.” [2]

Considering the current scenario, welcoming means first of all offering migrants and refugees more opportunities for safe and legal entry into the target countries. To this end, it is desirable for a concrete commitment to increase and simplify the granting of humanitarian visas and family reunification. At the same time, I hope that more countries will adopt private and community sponsorship programs and open up humanitarian corridors for the most vulnerable refugees. It would also be advisable to provide for temporary special visas for persons escaping from conflicts in neighboring countries. Collective and arbitrary expulsion of migrants and refugees is not a suitable solution, especially when they are conducted towards countries that can not guarantee respect for dignity and fundamental rights. [3] I would like to emphasize the importance of offering migrants and refugees a first adequate and decent accommodation. “Widespread acceptance programs, already launched at different locations, seem to facilitate personal encounter, better service quality, and more assurance of success.” [4] The principle of the centrality of the human person, firmly affirmed by my beloved predecessor Benedict XVI, [5] forces us to always pre-empt personal security to the national one. Consequently, staff responsible for border checks should be adequately trained. The conditions of migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees claim that personal security and access to basic services are guaranteed. In the name of everyone’s fundamental dignity, we must strive to prefer alternative solutions to detention for those entering the national territory without being authorized. [6]

The second verb, to be protected, declines in a whole series of actions to defend the rights and dignity of migrants and refugees regardless of their migratory status. [7] This protection begins at home and consists in providing certain and certified information before leaving and safeguarding them from illegal recruitment practices. [8] It should be continued as far as possible on immigration grounds, providing migrants with adequate consular assistance, the right to always keep with them personal identity documents, fair access to justice, the possibility of opening personal bank accounts and The guarantee of a minimum vital subsistence. If appropriately acknowledged and valued, the skills and skills of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees represent a real resource for the communities that welcome them. [9] That is why I hope that, in respect of their dignity, they will be given the freedom of movement in the host country, the opportunity to work and the access to telecommunication means. For those who decide to return home, I emphasize the opportunity to develop work and social reintegration programs. The International Convention on the Rights of the Child provides a universal legal basis for the protection of migrant children. They should avoid any form of detention due to their migratory status, while regular access to primary and secondary education must be ensured. Equally, it is necessary to ensure regular stay at the age of majority and the possibility of continuing to study. For unaccompanied minors or separated from their family, it is important to provide for temporary custody or custody programs. [10] In respect of universal right to a nationality, this must be recognized and appropriately certified to all children and girls at the time of birth. The statelessness of migrants and refugees can sometimes be avoided through “a law on citizenship complying with the fundamental principles of international law.” [11] Migration status should not restrict access to national health care and pension systems, as well as to transfer their contributions in case of repatriation.

Promoting means essentially making sure that all migrants and refugees, as well as the communities that welcome them, are made to be realized as people in all the dimensions that make up the humanity desired by the Creator. [12] Among these dimensions, the right value to the religious dimension must be recognized, guaranteeing the freedom of profession and religious practice to all foreigners present on the territory. Many migrants and refugees have skills that need to be properly certified and valued. Since “human work by its very nature is destined to unite the peoples” [13], it is encouraged to strive to promote the socio-occupational integration of migrants and refugees, guaranteeing everyone – including asylum seekers – the opportunity to work, Language training courses and active citizenship and adequate information in their original languages. In the case of migrant minors, their involvement in work requires that they be regulated so as to prevent abuses and threats to their normal growth. In 2006, Benedict XVI stressed that in the migratory context the family is “a place and a resource of the culture of life and a factor of integrating values.” [14] Its integrity must always be promoted, encouraging family reunification – including grandparents, siblings and grandchildren – without ever making it dependent on economic requirements. As regards migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in disability situations, greater attention and support must be ensured. While I welcome the efforts made so far by many countries in terms of international cooperation and humanitarian assistance, I hope that the distribution of this aid will consider the needs (eg medical and social assistance and education) of the developing countries Which receive massive flows of refugees and migrants, and also include local communities in material deprivation and vulnerability [15]

The last verb, integrate, is based on the opportunities of intercultural enrichment created by the presence of migrants and refugees. Integration is not “an assimilation, which causes to suppress or forget its cultural identity. The contact with the other leads rather to discover the “secret”, to open to him to welcome the valid aspects and thereby contribute to greater mutual knowledge. It is a prolonged process that aims to form societies and cultures, making them increasingly reflected in the multifold gifts of God to men. “[16] This process can be accelerated through the offer of citizenship unconnected with economic and linguistic requirements and extraordinary regularization paths for migrants who can enjoy a long stay in the country. I still insist on the need to encourage the culture of the meeting, multiplying the opportunities for intercultural exchange, documenting and disseminating good integration practices, and developing programs designed to prepare local communities for integration processes. I would like to stress the special case of foreigners forced to leave the country of immigration because of humanitarian crises. These people require them to be provided with adequate assistance for home repatriation and reintegration programs at home.

In accordance with its pastoral tradition, the Church is ready to engage in the first person to carry out all of the above-mentioned initiatives, but the contribution of the political community and civil society is indispensable to achieve the desired results, each according to their own responsibilities.

At the United Nations Summit, celebrated in New York on September 19, 2016, world leaders have clearly expressed their will to work for migrants and refugees to save their lives and protect their rights, sharing this responsibility at the level global. To this end, States have committed themselves to drafting and approving, by the end of 2018, two global pacts (Global Compacts), one dedicated to refugees and one dealing with migrants.

Dear brothers and sisters, in the light of these processes, the coming months are a privileged opportunity to present and support the concrete actions in which I wanted to declare the four verbs. I therefore invite you to take every opportunity to share this message with all the political and social actors involved – or interested in joining – the process that will lead to the approval of the two global pacts.

Today, August 15, we celebrate the solemnity of the Assumption of Most Holy Mary in Heaven. The Mother of God experienced the hardness of exile (cf. Mt 2,13-15), lovingly accompanying the journey of the Son to Calvary and now sharing eternity with glory. To his maternal intercession, we entrust the hopes of all the migrants and refugees of the world and the angels of the communities that welcome them, so that in accordance with the divine commandment we all learn to love the other, the alien as we ourselves.

From the Vatican, August 15, 2017

Solemnity of the Assumption of Maria BV