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Superiora Generale e Consigliere

Sr. Neusa de Fatima Mariano, mscs
Sr. Etra Modica, mscs
Sr. Marlene Vieira, mscs
Sr. Albertina Pauletti, mscs
Sr. Elizabeth Pedernal, mscs
Sr. Carmen Lisot, mscs

United Way visited the Casa Migrante

Juarez, Mexico: The President of the  United Way visited the Casa del Migrante and the benefactor of the shelter. He came from the USA to visit  and have a direct experience and encounter with the migrants and refugess,  heard their  first hand testimonies. He also offered some gifts like T-shirts, and some snacks that somehow alleviate the the migrants and were very happy.

Upon hearing the shared stories, he promised to continue the support and also fight for their rights in Washington.

Photo and Information:
Sr. Noemie Silva, mscs

A New Migration Rule is implemented in the border of USA – Mexico

Mexico. With the MSCS presence in the border, it was said that there is  a new migration ruling that is implemented in the border of USA and Mexico. This implementation of the new law, would mean that receiving a number in Mexico in order to await a migrant’s turn for the first migration interview in the USA side, to be delayed and rethink again. The rule entails that the new way of treating the asylum seekers in the USA and it would take effect in the US border where the migrants has to take turns having appointment for the first time and yet, one has to return back to Mexico and wait for the court hearing or a court date in the USA. With this situation, one has advised to have a lawyer in the USA side to appeal their case, while they are at Mexico.

These migrants are called Returnees not Deportees. “There are other returnees who have been under the El Paso bridge for 5 days and then placed in the detention holding for 8 days without the opportunity of showering or eating properly. Some families are continuously being separated and small children a taken away from their guardians. The guardians are returned to Mexico and the children remain in the USA. This is unbelievable, who in their right mind made up this law. To me it seems that the USA is playing with not only the rights of migrants/refugees, but with their lives. It appears that the USA has no intention of giving migrants/refugees asylum in the USA.” expressed by Sr. Noemia Silva, mscs

Global Compact: “the entire planet feels the need to treat the issue of migrants in a unified manner”

Rome “The Global Compact on immigration testifies that the entire planet feels the need to treat the issue of migrants in a unified manner. This is a theme to be considered without the political borders of the globe, but with real physical borders. The planisphere should be seen not on the side of national colors, but with the eyes of those who are forced to travel to seek better conditions of life”. as stated by Sister Neusa de Fatima Mariano, general superior of the Scalabrinian Missionaries, a congregation that since its foundation deals with the care of migrants.

The “Global Compact for Migration” is the agreement the UN wanted in order to give a global response to the problem of migration. Signed by more than 190 countries in 2016, at the UN General Assembly in New York, and reaffirmed at the Assembly last September, it has the principle that the issue of migration should be tackled at a global level, through a network of international collaboration for the reception of migrants and refugees. There is talk of a disciplined, safe, regular and responsible migration, providing a series of commitments by all countries to protect the rights and needs of those forced to flee. The main points include the fight against xenophobia, exploitation and human trafficking; the strengthening of integration systems, humanitarian assistance, development programs and border procedures, respecting international law.

“It is the story of the human being to say that migration brings positive effects in the communities they welcome”, continues the general superior. Migration brings dialogue, exchange and is the basis of the true Christian soul. It is advisable that countries like Italy, with a deep migratory history, are aware of this and participate actively in supporting the Global Compact. This has an even greater value in light of the recent International Migrants Day, where the Pontiff recalled how Jesus knows the pain of not being welcomed very well”.

During the Angelus  Pope Francis praised the approval of the Global compact with these words: “Last week the Global Compact for Safe, Ordinary and Regular Migration was approved in Marrakech, Morocco, which intends to be a reference framework for the entire international community. I therefore hope that it will work with responsibility, solidarity and compassion towards those who, for various reasons, have left their country, and I entrust this intention to your prayers”.

The MSCS realized interprovincial meeting

“The Provinces of the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles, Scalabrinians based in Brazil, (Our Lady of Aparecida, Immaculate Conception, Christ the King and Mary, Mother of the Migrants) welcomed with joy and with great hope the decisions taken during the inter-provincial meeting; the proposal of the internal reorganization of the congregation is a commitment of all “. This is what the provincial superiors of the 4 Provinces wrote in a note, the protagonists in the creation of the new Province of South America and Africa, at the end of a meeting held between August 31st and September 2nd, in Jundiai – Sao Paulo, Brazil. It has been decided that the Province will be called Mary, Mother of Migrants, that its headquarters will be in São Paulo, Brazil. “We pray that the Spirit of God will continue to enlighten us and to give us the gift of Wisdom in every step and every decision for the configuration of the Province of South America and Africa,” the provincial superiors continue.

Read more details: Communication 10.09: Interprovincial Meeting, Brazil 

CSEM completes 30 years of foundation, launches a new institutional website

The Centro Scalabriniano de Estudos Migratórios-CSEM, based in Brasilia, celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018!

To mark this special celebration, the CSEM refashion its visual identity and design that retained its meaning, brought a touch of modernity to the trademark’s colors, traits and main elements.

With an interdisciplinary and intercultural perspective, the trademark seeks to transmit welcoming and openness to others, highlighting the diversified, complex and multiform human mobility. The trademark promotes the design of the world as an international symbol, exhibiting human elements of the most varied races, classes, ages, sex. Giving priority in the center of the world, highlights the breadth and union of people of different nationalities. The design reflects a simple and minimalist style, facilitating the application of the trademark in printed and digital media.

The Center also launches a trademark new portal, dynamic and adapted to the various mobile devices. These actions aim to strengthen CSEM’s mission to “foster, produce and disseminate scientific and interdisciplinary knowledge on migration from a perspective of respect and prophetic promotion of human dignity towards a just world where no one is a foreigner.”


MSCS presence in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Asia Delegation of the MSCS sent off its first two missionaries to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, namely, Sister Teresa Mercado and Sister Eufrocina Sumampong, on August 3, 2018, two days before the official opening of the first MSCS community in the country on August 6, date when the two Sisters will be received by the host institution and will have settled in their residence.

This is the work of Divine Providence all along, to broaden the MSCS base of opportunities for vocations and mission in Asia.

The Context

Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, is a city in southern Vietnam. It is recognized for the crucial role it played in the Vietnam War. In the time following the end of the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese migration involved refugees and other humanitarian migrants largely taken in by Western and neighboring Southeast Asian countries, and included as well, student and labor migrant flows headed to Vietnam’s communist allies. Despite the fact that war and conflict pushed the majority of Vietnamese migration in the second half of the 20th century, Vietnam’s fast economic growth has motored migration to and from the country. Today, as Vietnam’s cities rapidly modernize, the number of migrants pouring into the country is astonishing. Estimates have it that in Ho Chi Minh City, the number of migrants is nearly 30 percent of its population.

Incidentally, Vietnam has the fifth largest Catholic population in Asia, after the Philippines, India, China and Indonesia. After the political opening of the country at the end of the 1980s, a great number of religious congregations of European origin arrived in Vietnam to find communities. This took place, especially, in Ho Chi Minh City (south) and at Vinh (north), which are the two dioceses which have the largest Catholic population. Many young Vietnamese from large Catholic families enthusiastically embrace religious life, particularly attracted to apostolic congregations and to a lesser extent to institutes of contemplative life.