Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
on the Move - N°
85, April 2001
Four Regional Consultations on the
Pastoral Care of Migrants
Final Statements and Summary Reports
Nilda M. CASTRO
Official of the Pontifical Council
The preceding issue of "People on the Move" (no. 84)
gave a roundup  of four regional consultations
and a concluding world meeting of National Directors for the pastoral
care of migrants that took place between September 1999 and October 2000.
The convocation of this series of meetings forms part of the institutional
task entrusted to the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants
and Itinerant People and intended to be a follow-up of the IV World Congress
on the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees, in line with the wishes
of the Holy Father.
During the aforementioned gatherings, the participants
examined the concrete situation of migration in the different countries
in the world, studied its causes and effects, observed how the local Churches
are actually responding to this situation and, in this context, tried
to determine how they could be more effective in the pastoral field.
The first meeting in the series was held for the Region
of Asia and the Pacific in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, from September 22 to
24, 1999. It was attended by 14 National Directors or Bishop Promoters
from 13 countries. The second meeting gathered together representatives
of the countries in the African
continent in Cape Town, South Africa from March 7 to 9, 2000. Here,
13 delegates from 10 countries were present. Unfortunately many could
not come for financial reasons. The European
regional meeting took place in Strasbourg, France from September 13
to 15, 2000. It was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the
Migration Commission (Comece) of the Council of Bishops Conferences in
Europe (CCEE). The regional
meeting for the Americas took place in Mexico City on September 17
to 20, 2000. This was joint meeting with the International Catholic Migration
Commission (ICMC). Of the 30 participants, 13 were National Directors
representing 13 American countries. The concluding World Meeting took
place in Rome, Italy on October 10-12, 2000. It was attended by 53 delegates
representing 46 countries or regions.
In this issue, the final statements or summary reports
of the four regional consultations are fully reprinted to give the readers
a more detailed description of what took place during the gatherings.
Documentation regarding the World Meeting will be published in forthcoming
issues of "People on the Move".
 cf. Nilda M. CASTRO, The Presence
of the Church in Migrantion: a Report on Four Regional Consultations and
a World Meeting, in People On The Move, n. 84, December 2000, pp.