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World Day for Migrants & Refugees: Pope stresses "integration"

Pope John Paul has "underlined" the importance of "integration among peoples which calls for a just balance between affirming one's own identity and recognizing that of others" in his address on Sunday for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees.

In the same address delivered from his study window to pilgrims in St Peter's Square, he also drew attention to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

His Holiness said, "I invite every community to make meaningful gestures of encounter and ecumenical dialogue and to implore God for the gift of full unity of all disciples of Christ. Let us entrust this important ecclesial event to Mary. May her maternal intercession help Christians to form one heart and one soul and all men to grow in solidarity in order to build a world of peace."

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts on January 18 and has been preceded by a Day for Jewish-Christian Dialogue. The theme this year is "Christ, the One Foundation of the Church."

NOTE: Because of the summer break in Australia, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated between 8-15 May.

Reflections on Day of Refugees, Prayer for Christian Unity (VIS 17/1/05)

Full text of Pope's message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees (Vatican website published 24/11/04)
Resources for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity jointly prepared by Vatican and the World Council of Churches (Vatican website)

18 Jan 2005