The pastoral care of migrants and refugees: between integration and inclusion

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The pastoral care of migrants and refugees: between integration and inclusionA meeting of bishops and delegates from Europe’s Bishops’ Conferences with responsibility for the pastoral care of migrants will take place in Valletta, between the 2-4 December 2013.

The challenges and prospects for the pastoral care of migrants and refugees, co- operation between the Bishops’ Conferences, the exchange of experiences and the difficulties faced by national directors, migratory policies and the issue of integratrion of immigrant workers will all be the focus of discussions at the two-day meeting, promoted by the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE), for bishops and national directors from Europe’s Bishops’ Conferences with responsibility for the pastoral care of migrants and refugees.

The two-day meeting, promoted by the “Migrants” Section of CCEE’s Caritas in Veritate Commission, chaired by Cardinal Josip Bozanic, Archbishop of Zagreb, and aimed at Bishops and delegates from the Bishops’ Conferences with responsibility for the pastoral care of migrants, will begin with a visit to Hal Safi, in the south of Malta, a ‘closed’ centre for asylum seekers.

The Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) encompasses the current 33 European Bishops’ Conferences, represented by their Presidents, the Archbishops of Luxembourg, of the Principality of Monaco, the Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus and the Bishop of Chisinau (Moldova Rep.), the Eparchial Bishop of Mukachevo and the Apostolic Administrator of Estonia.

The current President is Cardinal Péter Erdo, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Primate of Hungary; the Vice-Presidents are Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa, and Mgr Józef Michalik, Archbishop of Przemysl (Poland). The General Secretary is Mgr Duarte da Cunha. The Secretariat is based at St Gallen (Switzerland).www.ccee.eu

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