Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People…

…judges Francis’ idea on renouncing our own culture to benefit the refugees

  • With great respect and attention for the traditions and culture of non-Christians, we Christians are called to bear witness to the Gospel and to proclaim it explicitly to them

In contemporary society, to which migration contributes by making it more and more multiethnic, intercultural and multireligious, Christians are called to face a substantially new and fundamental chapter in the missionary task: that of being missionary in countries of long Christian tradition (cf. PaG 65 and 68). With great respect and attention for the migrants’ traditions and culture, we Christians are called to bear witness to the gospel of love and peace in our dealings with them and also to proclaim the Word of God explicitly to them so that the blessing of the Lord, promised to Abraham and his descendants for ever, may reach them. (Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People. Instruction Egra migrantes caritas Christi, no. 100, May 3, 2004)