Rome (Fides Service) – More than 40 delegates and immigration pastoral workers from all over Europe are meeting in Rome for the 5th European Conference of Pastoral Care for Filipino Immigrants in Europe, 3-6 November. Participants include Bishop Ramon Arguelles, head of the Emigration Commission of the Philippines Bishops’ Conference; Mgr Ruperto Santos, national co-ordinator for Italy and Rector of the Pontifical Filipino College; Rev. Albert Guevara, chaplain to the Filipino community in Italy; Father Luigi Petris and Father Bruno Mioli of the Fondazione Migrantes.
The delegates will reflect on the different national realities in Europe and discern, through listening to reports and discussion in workshops, problems and challenges facing communities Filipino immigrants in the present historical, cultural and social context. One fundamental point to clarify is the role of the local Churches and local pastoral care for Filipino immigrants. The delegates were received in audience by Pope John Paul II on 5 November. After issuing its conclusions, the Conference will close with a solemn celebration of Mass at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. (PA) (Fides Service 5/11/2003 lines 19 words 177)