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Vatican to provide chaplains for Yachties


The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples has decided to extend the brief of seafarers' chaplains to include participants in events such as the Americas Cup and the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

On Friday the Council published a document with decisions arising out of its international Apostleship of the Sea conference in Rio de Janeiro at the end of September. The congress examined the problems that globalisation presents to seafarers and their families, merchant navies, the fishing sector, and the leisure cruise industry.

The communique acknowledged that there is another category of professional seafarers that this dicastery cares for, "the participants in maritime competitions such as the Vuitton Cup and America's Cup, their families, the support teams and journalists that follow them".

"Today, this sector too must be reached by the Apostleship of the Sea," said the note.

SOURCE
Vatican Information Service

LINKS
World of Yachting to Get Pastoral Care (Zenit)
Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People | XXI° World Congress of the Apostleship of the Sea | Final Document
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25 Nov 2002