At St. Peter’s Mass for World Migrants Day

Pope Francis, Sunday, January 14 at 10, will celebrate Mass for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees at St. Peter’s. To make it known is a notice from the Office of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations.

The “concern of the Church” for “the sad situation of many migrants and refugees fleeing wars, persecutions, natural disasters and poverty” prompted Pope Francis to publish the Message for the World Day of Migrants on 21 August of the 2018 refugee, which will be celebrated next January 14, on the theme “Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees”.

Someone wanted to see in this large advance of publication a “move”, a way to influence the Italian political world that has been debating for months on the theme of jus soli, the right to citizenship for the children of migrants born in Italy and for adults which for years have been living and are integrated into our society.

In fact, in the Message the pontiff emphasizes the rejection of “statelessness”, and hopes that the host countries produce “legislation on citizenship that conforms to the fundamental principles of international law” for newborn children and those who have long been living in the country. But to reduce the whole message to a political “move” seems to me to be very reductive and perhaps provincial. In fact, it should not be forgotten that the issue of migrants and migrations is a “sign of the times”, an element that now embraces the whole planet.

There is therefore a global dimension of the issue that should not be underestimated. The message is not addressed only to European or Western countries, fearful of hospitality and Islamic fundamentalism, but to all the countries of the world.

Migrants, in Liguria “a punch against racism”

It is called “A punch against racism” and is a project that links sport and sociality for asylum seekers.

It happens in the reception center of Santo Stefano di Magra, in Liguria, where 33 people will participate in a boxing course. The initiative is supported by the Municipality, Caritas and the sports club.

Boxing is therefore seen as an opportunity to socialize, but in addition to this there will be training in Italian, civic and street education.

Migrants, UN regret against choice Use global compact

The choice of the United States of America to exit the Global Compact on migration was viewed with regret by the United Nations Organization.

The president of the UN General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcak, stressed that “migration is a global phenomenon that requires a global response and multilateralism remains the best way to face global challenges”.

Migrants, meeting in Rome on human dignity

The UIC Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights in Rome, together with the SIMI (Scalabrini International Migration Institute) and other bodies, organized a day of discussion in Rome on the theme “Human dignity and human rights of refugees”, within the European project “European Citizens for Solidarity” (EUROSOL) co-funded by the “Europe for Citizens” program of the European Union.

The Forum was held in the Master’s Hall of the European University of Rome and of the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum University The Forum was divided into three sessions, each with a theme related to the situation of refugees in a bioethical perspective and human rights.

It started with “Refugee, opportunity or threat? Context, causes and perspectives. The situation of the refugee: the voices of the protagonists “with the intervention of Father Aldo Skoda, director of SIMI, to continue with a focus on” Rights and duties of the refugee in the perspective of bioethics “. The day ended with the theme “Integration of refugees in an intercultural and religious perspective”.

The goal of the forum is to promote intercultural dialogue, find creative solutions and proposals through information, knowledge and the sharing of skills. Alongside the experts, the protagonists of this debate will be refugees and migrants themselves, as well as politicians interested in the current migration challenge.

Among the present authorities stand out: the director of the UNESCO Chair, Alberto Garcia, the director of SIMI (Scalabrini International Migration Institute), Father Aldo Skoda Giorgio de Acutis of the Italian Red Cross – Metropolitan Area Committee of Rome Capital (Social Area) and the research doctor in Sociology and methodology of Social Research, Veronica Roldan.

Migrants, Unhcr: Necessary to act also in the countries of origin

“The weakest point is intervention in refugee countries of origin. It is difficult to intervene there because often the interlocutors are not solid. The international community must take a leap of approach in the issues of forced migration “

This is what the High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said in a sup intervention, in Rome. “We asked Europe to structure the commitment for refugees with political intervention to prevent the causes of conflicts in the countries of origin, support for transit countries, until a reform of asylum mechanisms that allows greater justice and greater effectiveness “, he added.

Migrants, Mattarella on the Day for the abolition of slavery

“Just a few days ago, the brutal images of migrants sold at auction on the basis of a ‘value’ that equates them with merchandise have reminded us of the fact that there is still a phenomenon that denies the dignity of the human being at its root. Alongside traditional slavery others have been added, almost always connected to the trafficking of migrants “

This is what President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella said on the occasion of the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. “The situations of conflict, poverty, the escape from territories struck by natural phenomena, are fertile ground for the spread of phenomena such as sexual exploitation, child labor, forced marriages, the recruitment of children in armed conflicts”, he continued .