Pope Francis has appealed to the whole international community to develop new legal and secure forms of migration. He rejects the view that the large movements of people today are circumstantial or due to isolated emergencies and argues that migration is a sign of the times. He made a special appeal for the unaccompanied child migrants entering the USA from Central America and Mexico to be welcomed and protected.
His Message to the Participants in the Mexico/Holy See Colloquium on Migration & Development can be read here.
Bishop Arnold Orowae, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea & the Solomon Islands, has called on politicians to respect the law and to give priority to the common good. His call comes among growing concerns in Papua New Guinea about democracy, the rule of law, and the accountability of leaders:
“No person, including members of parliament, is above the law. There is the one law for everyone in Papua New Guinea. Yet recent events, with accusations, dismissals and political manouverings appear to disrespect the Constitution and the rule of law,” he said.
In 2014 we celebrate the 100th World Migrant and Refugee Day. The Australian Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office has prepared a kit to help communities and individuals to celebrate. The theme is The Holy Family in Exile, and it contains Pope Francis’ Message for the day, a pastoral letter from Bishop Gerard Hanna, statistics, reflections (including one by Sandie Cornish), prayers – and a board game!
You can download the kit and associate resources in various formats here.