Skip to comments.Pope Benedict says migrants have duty to integrate
Posted on 10/27/2010 2:03:58 PM PDT by NYer
Pope Benedict has called on immigrants to respect the laws and national identity of their host countries.
He said that every country had the right to regulate the flow of migration and immigrants had a duty to integrate.
The Pope's comments are likely to add to the Europe-wide debate about integration of foreigners.
The Vatican traditionally identifies with migrants and refugees and recently criticised France for deporting 1,000 Roma (gypsies) to Romania and Bulgaria.
During the summer, about 200 camps were dismantled.
The policy aroused a sharp response from the EU and prompted the Pope to tell French pilgrims they should "accept legitimate human diversity".
More recently, he met French President Nicolas Sarkozy in what was seen as an attempt to repair relations.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also entered the debate on immigration, arguing that attempts to build a multicultural society have "utterly failed".
Like the pope, she called on immigrants to do more to integrate.
In his message to mark the Roman Catholic Church's World Day of Migrants and Refugees next January, Pope Benedict said there should be "one family of brothers and sisters in societies that are becoming ever more multi-ethnic and intercultural".
Archbishop Antonio Veglio, head of the Vatican's migration commission, told a news conference that it would be "ideal" if every government had a policy of "integration, of multiculturalism, a positive approach to immigrants... which is missing at the moment".
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His Holines is right about that.
Thank you for the link!
“accept legitimate human diversity”
Most people have no problem accepting legitimate human diversity. It’s the freeloading and violence they can’t accept.
Ping to you and the missus.
Fixed the link...
You adopt them your grace, and stay out of our business.
Even if it means illegally!
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I hope the US Conference of Catholic Bishops is listening!!
Just cause a group calls itself ‘Catholic’, doesn’t mean it’s created by or part of, the Vatican.
How about a “duty” NOT to “migrate” if they have no LEGAL right to “migrate” where they are migrating to.
Again, he speaks with forked-tongue by denying the other half of the issue and addressing only part of the issue when it comes to DUTIES.
that ain’t gonna go down well with all of the Sanctuary Churches in this country
Right. The Holy Father now fits in to Cardinal Mahony’s “Nazi” category. What rich irony.
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You do nothing but seek to smear mud on the Pope and attempt to imply that he favors illegal immigration. Please, check your facts before launching mindless attacks.
I suspect that's covered by "respect the laws" of the host country (i.e. you can not enter a country illegally and show respect for its laws).
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