Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
People on the Move -
on the Pastoral Care of Migrants
Nilda M. CASTRO,
Official of the Pontifical Council
On October 10-12, 2000, fifty-three National Directors or Bishop Promoters from
forty-six countries or regions attended a World Meeting on the Pastoral Care
of Migrants in Rome. It was the first time that the Pontifical Council for
the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People organized a gathering of this
kind. It concluded a series of preparatory Regional Meetings that discussed the
issues related to this specific pastoral care in Asia and the Pacific
(Kaohsiung, Taiwan, September 22-24, 1999), Africa (Cape Town, South Africa,
March 7-9, 2000), Europe (Strasbourg, France, September 13-15, 2000) and America
(Mexico City, September 17-20, 2000).
Preceding issues of “People on the Move” already published a roundup
(no. 84) and the final or summary statements of the four regional meetings
(no. 85). In the last issue (no.
86), some selected papers from the Mexico meeting
were carried. The present issue reports the papers presented at the World
The first article, “La Pastorale dei Migranti e le Sue Strutture secondo i
Documenti della Chiesa” (The Pastoral Care of Migrants and its Structures
according to the Documents of the Church), is a scholarly overview of the
pastoral care of migrants, according to the various documents of the Church, and
the appropriate structures that they indicate in order to effectively carry out
this pastoral care. The author, Fr. Velasio De Paolis, c.s.,
is Professor of Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University and one of the
most authoritative voices in this field.
The other four articles are self-explanatory. They are concrete experiences of a
diocesan bishop, a national director, a diocesan director and a missionary in
carrying out their specific task for the pastoral care of migrants. Bishop
Ramon C. Arguelles is the Military Bishop of the Philippines and is
currently President of the Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and
Itinerant People of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Fr.
Abraham-Roch Okoko-Esseau, s.j. is the National Director in the
Episcopal Commission for Migrants and Refugees of Congo-Brazzaville while Fr.
Bruno Mioli, cs, is the National Director for the Pastoral Care of
Immigrants in Migrantes, a foundation in favor of migrants of the Italian
Bishops Conference. Fr. Mioli monitors the work of the diocesan directors
throughout Italy. Fr. Ildo Griz, cs
is a Brazilian Scalabrinian
missionary for migrants operating in Argentina.