Friday, March 9, 2012

U.S. Embassey and Holy See hold migration talk

Immigrants offer an opportunity for growth, mission, say speakers in Rome

Miguel Diaz, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, introduces Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican observer at the United Nations in Geneva, during a town hall discussion on migration hosted by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See at the Pontifical North America n College in Rome March 8. CNS photo by Paul Haring.

The B.C. Catholic website has a story by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service, about the Vatican's views on immigration:

While migration brings struggles for the migrant and the host country, in the long term it provides opportunities for stability, cultural enrichment and religious growth, said speakers at a Rome event sponsored by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.

U.S. Ambassador Miguel H. Diaz, a Cuban-born theologian, told the audience that while balancing humanitarian and legal concerns is a challenge for modern states dealing with migration, "by finding ways to integrate migrants, communities can become stronger than before. The experience of migration can be an opportunity to embrace positively human diversity."

Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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