Monday, June 10, 2013

International protection is based on two very basic and simple principles: the first that people not participating in some violence have a special right to be protected from this violence, and the second, that if protection cannot be provided to them where they are, they have a right to seek protection outside the zone of risk and danger, even across borders

homeBRUSSELS, 8 May 2013 (ICMC) -- The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) today in Brussels held an awareness-raising, information-sharing and networking conference for civil society, local and regional authorities to promote moreresettlement places for refugees and to help improve their integration across Europe.
http://www.icmc.net/article/a-city-says-yes-campaign-launched-brussels-promote-more-and-better-refugee-resettlement-euro



https://www.jrs.net/assets/Regions/IOR/media/files/Ketelers Johan.pdf

Johan Ketelers bio"International protection is based on two very basic and simple principles: the first that people not
participating in some violence have a special right to be protected from this violence, and the second,
that if protection cannot be provided to them where they are, they have a right to seek protection
outside the zone of risk and danger, even across borders."(Johan Ketelers Secretary General of the
International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) Welcoming Christ in refugees and forcibly displaced persons. Press Conference. Rome June 6th 2013).

The " two very basic and simple principles " Ketelers mentions; are they defining the welcoming of the stranger? I believe they are and further to making a point regarding men of good will.that people not involved in violence should be able to find find a peaceful place to live and flourish. Our faith constantly teaches the primary duty of a Christian is to witness charity by aiding the poor in every circumstance. By leaving a home whether by force or voluntary migration a family has to make a giant leap. Often fear and isolation play an important part in the decision to give up all the memories and possessions people of all cultures accumulate over time and to settle in a new place, often of a different culture is foreboding in that what new life can be created without faith. The Christian has a missionary spirit and this can e a foundation in creating a civil society in any land and culture. This is why religion is so important to a country, a faith in doing good aids in the culturalization of new peoples.