VATICAN CITY, 10 JAN 2012 The latest edition ofthe magazine "Migranti Press" contains an article by ArchbishopAntonio Maria Veglio, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Careof Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, for the forthcoming World Day of Migrantsand Refugees.
The Day is to be celebrated on Sunday 15 January underthe theme:
"Migrations and New Evangelisation".
Archbishop Vegliohighlights the fact that the phenomenon of migration, which involves manydifferent individuals and peoples with their various social, cultural andreligious characteristics, is "a process which opens unique opportunitiesfor evangelisation. It offers Christian communities the chance to bear witnessto Jesus Christ, especially through respectful dialogue and the concretewitness of solidarity. Migrants can also reawaken drowsy Christian consciences,calling people to a more coherent Christian life".
For this reasonthe Holy Father's Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees"invites us to ensure that migrants are given adequate pastoral care. Thusthey may remain firm in their faith, coherent in their Christian life andpowerful witnesses of the Gospel, in order to become authentic announcers ofthe evangelical 'kerygma'".
Referring to thePope's Message, Archbishop Veglio notes that "the mass media, because ofthe immediate impact they have on public opinion, must seriously undertake tosupply correct and ample information, avoiding demagogic terminology which isoffensive to the image of forced migrants.
The contribution of the media is necessary in order tomake society aware of new situations, and of the real violations of refugees'rights".
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