Cardinal Hamao to speak at major Sydney migration conference
Cardinal Stephen Hamao, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People will give a challenging opening address on the pastoral care of people on the move at a major national conference in Sydney.
A statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference announced yesterday that Cardinal Hamao will speak at the conference entitled, One in Christ Jesus - a National Conference on Pastoral Care in a Culturally Diverse Australia.
The conference, an initiative of the Bishops' Committee for Migrants and Refugees, is being held at Randwick Racecourse on 17 and 18 November, with registrations closing on 14 October.
Cardinal Hamao will open the conference with his address, 'Pastoral Care of people on the move: Challenges for the Church today'.
Also speaking at the conference will be the federal Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs John Cobb and the Opposition Spokesman for Immigration Tony Burke.
The former Chief of Mission for the International Organisation for Migration, Australia/New Zealand, Harold Grant will also address the conference on, 'The story so far: The Church's response to the pastoral care of migrants and refugees'.
Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) director Monsignor John Murphy said that about 40% of Catholics in Australia were either born overseas or have a migrant parent. Therefore, the pastoral care of people on the move is a large part of the central mission of the Catholic Church in Australia.
"Every priest, religious or lay leader is potentially a multicultural pastoral worker," Msgr Murphy said.
He said the conference would provide an opportunity for participants to be informed about the church's teaching on the welcome and care of migrants and itinerant people as outlined in Erga Migrantes Caritas Christi.
It will also identify future directions in the pastoral care of immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers and temporary residents, such as professional workers and international students.
Cardinal Hamao to speak at major Sydney conference on migrants, refugees and itinerant people (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 6/10/05)
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Australian Migrant & Refugee Office
Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
6 Oct 2005