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Key Takeaways from Fratelli Tutti regarding Migration

Fratelli Tutti Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship is Pope Francis' third encyclical. Read selected excerpts on migration.

Christ "challenges us to put aside all differences and, in the face of suffering, to draw near to others with no questions asked." It is critical that catechesis and preaching speak "about the social meaning of existence, the fraternal dimension of spirituality, our conviction of the inalienable dignity of each person, and our reasons for loving and accepting all our brothers and sisters."

A healthy patriotism must be set against a recognition of the inherent dignity of all people.

The fourth chapter acknowledges the "complex challenges" that arise when our neighbor happens to be an immigrant. It summarizes our response in four words: welcome, protect, promote, and integrate.

Cites specific steps that should be taken, from "increasing and simplifying the granting of visas" and "opening humanitarian corridors for the most vulnerable refugees" to "establish[ing] in our societies the concept of full citizenship..."

Maintains that "unnecessary migration ought to be avoided" while we are also "obliged to respect the right of all individuals to find a place that meets their basic needs and those of their families, and where they can find personal fulfilment."

"Immigrants, if they are helped to integrate, are a blessing, a source of enrichment and new gift that encourages a society to grow."

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