AMERICA/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - "Commitment to culture": meeting of the border dioceses of the two countries

Thursday, 25 February 2016 politics   refugees   area crisis   bishops  

Port au Prince (Agenzia Fides) - At the end of their second meeting, held in a fraternal and friendly atmosphere on 15 and 16 February 2016 in Villa Cana, Cap Haitien (Haiti), the border dioceses between Haiti and the Dominican Republic published a message which emphasizes: "These meetings encourage us and give us the opportunity to continue the work carried out by the Church for the good of the two peoples, in particular migrants, refugees, returnees, the undocumented, the deported, that is to say the most vulnerable. We also want to strengthen the will to realize projects for the improvement of living conditions in the border areas. We need a commitment to involve all our ecclesial forces: bishops, priests, religious, lay people and community organizations".
"The border dioceses, pastoral commissions of migrants, together with the national Caritas of the two countries reaffirm their commitment to culture, because who welcomes our migrant brothers welcomes the merciful God", says the message, which was sent to Fides, citing the Jubilee of Mercy and the Pope's message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
"In the context of the pre-electoral climate in the two countries (Haiti and Dominican Republic), we ask everyone to think about the common good, promote citizen awareness to choose honest candidates so that citizens are not obliged to emigrate".
The document is signed by the Bishops of the dioceses of Jacmel, Fort Liberté, Port au Prince (Haiti) and Mao-Monte Cristi, San Juan de la Maguana, Barahona (Dominican Rep.), and by the Presidents of Caritas of the two countries. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 25/02/2016)