2008-10-08 17:19:31

Pope Benedict Message for Day for Migrants Released

(08 Oct 08 - RV) Pope Benedict’s message for the 95th World Day for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, was released Wednesday at a press conference here at the Vatican. We have this report... RealAudioMP3

Next year one day in the calendar to will dedicated to people who find themselves involved in migratory movement.

The day is the 18th of January 2009, the 95th World Day for Migrants and Refugees.

As that event draws nearer Pope Benedict the XVI’s message to mark this occasion was released at a press conference here at the Vatican on Wednesday.

The theme this year is a Pauline one, entitled “St Paul migrant, “Apostle of the peoples” .

In his message the Pope looks at the figure of Paul saying that he was a migrant by vocation who is even today an important reference point for those who find themselves on the migratory move.

Cardinal Reneto Raffaele Martino is President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples.

He says St Paul is indeed a great example of a migrant and missionary.

The Holy Father turning back for inspiration to his encyclical Deus Caritas Est says that, he hopes this World Day for Migrants will be for all, an incentive to live brotherly love to the full without distinction and without discrimination.

Cardinal Martino says the Pope, in his message, understands very well that migrants on the move need compassion and help.

Turning back to the figure of St Paul, Pope Benedict says that he hopes this apostle’s experience as a migrant, an evangelizer of peoples and cultures, will spur us to understand that the exercise of charity is the culmination and synthesis of the whole of Christian life.

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