To the Scalabrinian Sr. Rosita the UNHCR special recognition

A special recognition by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) goes to a Scalabrinian nun and the organization she is in charge of, for her commitment to support migrants. She is Sr. Rosita Milesi, from the Migration and Human Rights Institute (IMDH) of the Scalabrinian missionary Sisters.

The facility is located in Brasilia, the capital of the state, and she has worked in the Latin American countries to welcome refugees and migrants, with particular attention to women, children and more generally, vulnerable people.

The American structure of the UNHCR in its letter explains  “The collaboration between the UNHCR of Brazil and the IMDH  is already 15 years old and it is possible to affirm with certainty that the work carried out by the Migration and Human Rights Institute has contributed immeasurably to offer better living conditions to thousands of people who have been forced to leave their country of origin, and has been strengthening protection network that facilitate better working condition, socio-cultural integration and above all, access to fundamental rights “.

An important initiative implemented is that of RedeMir (the Network of Solidarity for migrants and refugees) that the IMDH developed together with the  Network of hospitality for refugees and migrants which is, affirms  UNHCR, “each time more essential for the strengthening of issues of asylum and migration “.

The IMDH was one of the first organizations to work on the border between Brazil and Venezuela in 2017 in support of Venezuelan migrants. “UNHCR – explains Sister Neusa de Fatima Mariano, superior general of the Scalabrinians – is a strategic partner for carrying out our mission which, as Scalabrinian missionary sisters, we have developed in many countries where we are present.

We want to continue to count on UNHCR’s support to promote the recognition of citizenship of refugees, to defend their rights, for legal and humanitarian assistance, for work and socio-cultural integration and for an impact on public policies. We share our concerns with UNHCR regarding the scale of the humanitarian crises in the world”.

The VI World Day of reflection and prayer against Human Trafficking

Today, February 8th, we celebrate the VI World Day of reflection and prayer against  Human Trafficking,  the day in which we commemorate the liturgical memory of St. Giuseppina Bakhita, a Sudanese nun who as an adolescent lived the tragic experience of being a victim of human trafficking . It is in her memory and on the proposal of a group of religious committed against trafficking,  that Pope Francis instituted in 2015 the world day of reflection and prayer against the trafficking of persons.

Attached the press release

Prot.016 Prayer against human trafficking

“Walk humbly with your God.” God wants our abounding love

WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD (Micah 6:8)
God wants our abounding love

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

Listen to the Word, remember it, live it always, with humble and mild heart.
To practice justice that is to be merciful, according to God’s way!
To love goodness, to live solidarity as a need for concrete love (e.g. Ruth)
To walk humbly with your God, that is with your heart united to God, in a continuous conversion.

“Walk humbly” is a description of the heart’s attitude toward God. God’s people depend on Him rather than their own abilities. Of course, that covenant relationship with your fellow men and women, that desire to live and act justly, is going to be pretty well impossible if your relationship with God isn’t sorted out. God is our Creator: he knows best how we should operate. If we want to get the very best out of life, out of the world in which he has placed us, then we need to follow his instructions. We must walk humbly daily before Him in godly fear and reverence for His will, to walk in constant prayer and watchfulness. We must first acknowledge our sins and then be willing to submit to God’s mercy. It is only through a humbling of ourselves that we will be allowed to walk with God. The response of a godly heart is outward (do justice), inward (love mercy), and upward (walk humbly).”

 

The Voices, XIV General Chapter

 

 

 

The Voices, XIV General Chapter