AMERICA/PARAGUAY - “Why do our brothers and sisters emigrate?” For 25 years the answer has been the same: out of necessity

Friday, 3 June 2016 human rights   poverty   local churches

Asuncion (Agenzia Fides) – The Catholic Church in Paraguay is celebrating its 25th “Week of Migrants and Refugees in Paraguay”, on the theme “migrants call us to show mercy”. The week will culminate on Sunday 5 June with National Migrants Day, and a solemn Mass in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Miracles Caacupé, Patron saint of Paraguay.
The country’s National Migrants Pastoral Care commission, in keeping with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Paraguay, celebrated the first Week of the Migrant in 1991, on the theme “Why do our brothers and sisters emigrate?”. “Today 25 years later – says a report sent to Fides by the Bishops’ Conference –the question persists and the principal answer remains, necessity”.
Celebrating the Week of the Migrant in Paraguay, the message explains, means living and showing solidarity and commitment towards foreign migrants in our country and towards Paraguayan brothers and sisters today in other countries, towards refugees and towards our fellow Paraguayan citizens who migrate from one city to another.
“In this Year of Mercy – the message concludes – we are invited by Pope Francis to be a Church which shows mercy, a Church of origin, transit, destination and welcome, merciful towards those who leave and those who arrive, and especially towards those who, on their way, need to meet the merciful face of Christ”. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 03/06/2016)