Fratelli Tutti 40: Future Migrations

40. “Migrations, more than ever before, will play a pivotal role in the future of our world”.[Address to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See (11 January 2016): AAS 108 (2016), 124]

If we think we’re in crisis now, just imagine if Earth suffers a catastrophe of world war or climate shift. I think of South Asia dependent on seasonal monsoons for growing food. If two billion were struck by famine, the world would be overcome. 

I do agree with Pope Francis that we have an obligation to the other:

At present, however, migration is affected by the “loss of that sense of responsibility for our brothers and sisters on which every civil society is based”.[Address to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See(13 January 2014): AAS 106 (2014), 84] Europe, for example, seriously risks taking this path. Nonetheless, “aided by its great cultural and religious heritage, it has the means to defend the centrality of the human person and to find the right balance between its twofold moral responsibility to protect the rights of its citizens and to assure assistance and acceptance to migrants”.[Address to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See(11 January 2016): AAS 108 (2016), 123]

The time to get our act together is now. Given the possibilities of upheaval, a fruitful navigation of the pandemic with regard to people on the move can only help us.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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