GIVE US YOUR VIEWS SAYS VATICAN

GIVE US YOUR VIEWS SAYS VATICAN

by Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

You may recall that earlier this year the Bishops met in Rome for an Extraordinary Synod on "Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the context of Evangelisation." Prior to that meeting, Catholics worldwide were all invited to give input by responding to a questionnaire about issues relating to our faith and family life.  In October next year the 2015 Synod will follow on from that meeting. The theme will be "The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World." 

We are all migrants

We are all migrants

By Fr Russell Pollitt SJ

The Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM) recently held a meeting in Johannesburg which focused on migration and the response of the Society of Jesus on the African continent. There are some 232 million migrants worldwide, a threefold increase since 1960. An estimated 53 million are in Africa – the population of South Africa!

Migration is no longer a regional or continental concern but a global phenomenon. Pope Francis, in a message to the Colloquium on Migration and Development in Mexico, said: “This challenge demands the attention of the entire international community so that new forms of legal and secure migration may be adopted.”

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