Migration beneficial to all involved, Vatican diplomat says
By David Kerr
Archbishop Silvano M.Tomasi
Archbishop Silvano M.Tomasi

.- The Vatican’s top diplomat to the United Nations refugee agency told a conference in Rome that despite its challenges, migration is ultimately beneficial to everyone involved.

“In the long run migration has proven to be a benefit for both the countries of arrival and the countries of origin and, above all, for most of the migrants,” Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, the Holy See's Permanent Representative to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, told CNA.

Archbishop Tomasi was speaking at a March 8 conference in Rome entitled “Building Bridges of Opportunity: Migration and Diversity” organized by the US Embassy to the Holy See and hosted by the Pontifical North American College.

He explained how any migration process initially brings challenges, which include “tensions, difficulties because of different languages, different habits and cultures which tend to clash.”

But if the native community can “overcome this first phase” they will then see how migrants “become good citizens of the new host country” and can “contribute not only their muscles and their work but their brain and their creativity to make the society a richer and more interesting type of society.”

Joining him on the panel were Miguel Diaz, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Demetrios Papademetriou of the Washington based Migration Policy Institute and Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

During the seminar Cardinal Ravasi criticized some rural parts of northern Italy who he says reject immigration into their communities.

“These villages which are known to be very Catholic but actually are not Catholic at all,” said the Cardinal, “because they fight to keep the crucifix in the classroom but they happily take a migrant and throw him to the sea.” 

He said that in these areas “being Christian meant going to the procession, devotions, prayer but evidently it had not got into the deepest part of human souls.” Thus he called for “a new evangelization” to catechize people on the issue of immigration. 

Archbishop Tomasi said a balance had to be struck between “our Christian tradition of welcome of strangers” and the “need to keep into account the common good of country of arrival.”
“We can take in people but we cannot hurt the interest and the good of the workers in the country where people are trying to arrive,” he explained.

“The bottom line,” he said “is that migration is good for everybody” but “we need to educate ourselves to overcome the difficulties of the first years of impact.”

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?

Liturgical Calendar

July 23, 2014

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:1-9


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 1:1, 4-10
Gospel:: Mt 13: 1-9

Saint of the Day

St. John Cassian »


Homily of the Day

Mt 13:1-9


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: