DAILY CATHOLIC     MONDAY     September 28, 1998     vol. 9, no. 189

NEWS & VIEWS
from a CATHOLIC perspective

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PAPAL CONDOLENCES FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS AND PLACES SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON MISSIONARY WORK WITH MIGRANTS

          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II has sent a message of condolence to the people of the Dominican Republic and of Puerto Rico who have been battered by Hurricane Georges.

          The papal message was conveyed in a telegram signed by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican Secretary of State, and directed to Cardinals Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo and Luis Aponte Martinez of San Juan. In his message the Pope asked public leaders to provide "effective aid and solicitude to the victims, with charity, in a spirit of Christian solidarity.

          After sending his encouragement, he received the members of the 11th chapter general of the Missionaries of St. Charles. He urged them to pursue their missionary work with immigrants, and pointed to the "difficult and complex" conditions of a world in which many immigrants find themselves rejected by their new neighbors.

          The Missionaries of St. Charles-- better known as the Scalabrinians, because the order was founded by Blessed Jean-Baptiste Scalabrini, who was beatified in 1997-- have worked in the missions since their beginning in 1887. The 750 members of the order today work in 25 different countries. Their work is devoted particularly to migrants.

          Pope John Paul observed that the order's founder recognized migration as "a law of nature," and fought to ease "the sufferings and crises caused by immigration," by offering "concrete and appropriate remedies." He exhorted the Scalabrinians to continue that work, bearing witness to the Church's concern for all migrants.


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September 28, 1998       volume 9, no. 189
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