WHY THE FU SHENFU MIGRANT CENTRE?

1. Welcoming the migrant is to welcome Jesus Himself
Jesus who had nowhere to lay his head asked encountered people to give him a roof over his head. He does it also today. He identifies himself with migrants and refugees who are in need: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Mt 25, 35).

2. Everybody has the right to emigrate  
Every human being has the right to freedom of movement and of residence within the confines of his own country and, when there are just reasons for it, the right to emigrate to other countries in order to search for better conditions and take up residence there. (John XXIII, Pacem in terris, 25; John Paul II, Laborem exercens, 23)

3. The migrant is a person on the way
The Geneva Convention (1951) considers refugees to be only those people who have crossed the border and become them as a result of persecution for reasons such as race, religion, nationality border. The Social Teaching of the Church does not distinguish economic migrants from refugees and applies the term “refugee” to the victims of armed conflicts, erroneous economic policy or natural disasters. The Church looks at every person like at a man on the way. (Refugees: a challenge to solidarity, 4)

4. Welcoming the stranger is a sign of the Church universality  
Welcoming the stranger remains a permanent feature of the Catholic Church (“catholic” comes from Greek and means “universal”). The Church, if it was not open to welcome every person regardless of his nationality would cease to be a sign of salvation for all people. (Erga Migrantes caritas Christi, 22)

5. Nobody is illegal  
Today non-Christians are becoming very numerous in traditionally Christian countries and very often they do it illegally. This creates complex situations which are difficult to be resolved. The Church feels responsible to bring help to them as a Good Samaritan. Illegal migrants and refugees have rights as persons and they did not lose those rights on losing the citizenship of the states of which they were former members or on making a decision of leaving their countries for various reasons.  (John Paul II, Message for the world day of Migrants and Refugees, 1996; John XXIII, Pacem in terris, 105)

6. Migrants are a sign of the times
Millions of migrants and refugees are for us a sign of the times in which we live. John Paul II in his encyclical letter on the mission Redemptoris Missio places migrants and refugees in the sphere of the mission ad gents and encourages the local Church to draw them into the circle of apostolic care. (Redemptoris Missio, 35)

7. Pastoral care of migrants is a duty of missionary orders  
A growing problem of globalization has been noticed by the last General Chapter of the Divine Word Missionaries which encourages provincials to appoint a bigger number of confreres to the pastoral work with migrants and refugees. This is also a reply to the Pontifical Council of Migrants and Itinerant People which encourages international religious institutes to supplement the efforts of the local Churches in this field.  (Refugees: a challenge to solidarity, 32)

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Fu Shenfu Migrant Centre

ul. Ostrobramska 98

04-118 Warszawa

Tel. 22 610 02 52

Mobile: 781 904 555

E-mail: centrum@migrant.pl