Pope Calls for Dialogue Between Cultures as Means to Social Integration of Immigrants

December 9, 2004

Source: Zenit

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On December 9, 2004 Zenit reported, "Social integration of immigrants calls for finding 'the proper balance between respect for their own identity and recognition of that of others,' says John Paul II. The Pope proposes this in his message for the forthcoming World Day of Migrants and Refugees, to be observed Jan. 16, with the theme 'Intercultural Integration'... 'The way to take is the path of genuine integration with an open outlook that refuses to consider solely the differences between immigrants and the local people,' John Paul II states. Thus the need arises 'for a dialogue between people of different cultures in a context of pluralism that goes beyond mere tolerance and reaches sympathy,' he adds."