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Papal Messages for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

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The Church has celebrated the World Day of Migrants and Refugees each year since 1914. This is an occasion for the Church and people of faith to reflect upon the role migration has played in our tradition, express concern for migrants, refugees, and people on the move, and build awareness about the challenges and opportunities migration presents. Read our compilation of World Day of Migrants messages (also available in Spanish). Here you can also find Pope Francis’ 2016 message where he says all migrants are “our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger, exploitation and the unjust distribution of the planet’s resources which are meant to be equitably shared by all.”

The"Papal Messages of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees" compiled by CLINIC covers the rich history of statements issued by the Holy Father from 1995 to the present.

Download Papal Messages for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (pdf)

 

Lea nuestra compilación de mensajes sobre el Día Mundial de los Migrantes y Refugiados. Aquí usted también puede encontrar  el mensaje de Papa Francisco de 2016 donde el Santo Padre dice que todos los migrantes son “nuestros hermanos y hermanas que buscan una vida mejor lejos de la pobreza, del hambre, de la explotación y de la injusta distribución de los recursos del planeta, que deberían ser divididos ecuamente entre todos.”

Bajar Mensajes para las Jornadas Mundiales del Emigrante En Español (pdf)

 

All text is from the Vatican website.

 

Related CLINIC Resources

Compilation of Catholic Social Teaching Passages on Migration

Quotes from Pope Francis on Immigration

About CLINIC's Catholic Identity

Guiding Principles of CLINIC's Work

 

 

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Compilation of Catholic Social Teaching Passages on Migration

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Modern Catholic social teaching is the body of social principles and moral teaching that is articulated in the papal, conciliar, and other official documents issued since the late nineteenth century dealing with the economic,political, and social order. This teaching is rooted in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures as well as in traditional philosophical and theological teachings of the Church.

CLINIC's "Modern Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration: Notable Quotes" is a compilation of excerpts from the encyclical and conciliar documents that are typically considered core texts, as well as some key teaching documents issued by national bishops conferences and Vatican congregations, which contribute to the ongoing development of Catholic social teaching.

The excerpts in the document are instances that touch on immigration issues. The depth and richness of Catholic social teaching is best understood through a direct reading of these documents.

Download Modern Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration: Notable Quotes (pdf)

This document will be updated periodically. Last updated June 18, 2015

 

 

Passages quoted in Modern Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration are from the following sources:

Major Documents

Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of Labor) – Pope Leo XIII, 1891

Exsul Familia Nazarethana (Apostolic Constitution on the Spiritual Care to Migrants) – Pope Pius XII, 1952

Mater et Magistra, (Mother and Teacher) – Saint Pope John XXIII, 1961

Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) –Saint Pope John XXIII, 1963

Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World) Vatican Council II, 1965

Populorum Progressio (On the Development of Peoples) – Pope Paul VI, 1967

Octogesima Adveniens (A Call to Action) – Pope Paul VI, 1971

Justicia in Mundo (Justice in the World) – Synod of Bishops, 1971

Laborem Exercens (On Human Work) – Pope John Paul II, 1981

Solicitudo Rei Socialis (On Social Concern) – Saint Pope John Paul II, 1987

Centesimus Annus (The Hundredth Year) – Saint Pope John Paul II, 1991

Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) – Saint Pope John Paul II, 1995

Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) – Pope Benedict XVI, 2005

Sacramentum Caritatis (Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist) – Pope Benedict XVI, 2007

Caritas in Veritate (In Charity and Truth) – Pope Benedict XVI, 2009

Evangelii Gaudium (Apostolic Exhortation on the Joy of the Gospel) – Pope Francis, 2013

Laudato Si (On Care for Our Common Home) – Pope Francis, 2015

Other Papal And Vatican Statements Of Note

Instruction on the Pastoral Care of People Who Migrate – Sacred Congregation for Bishops, 1969

The Church and Peoples on the Move – Pontifical Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, 1978

Refugees are Neighbors – Saint Pope John Paul II, Message for Lent, 1990

Speech of Saint Pope John Paul II to the General Assembly of the International Catholic Migration Commission,1990

Refugees: A Challenge to Solidarity – Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, 1992

Faith Works Through Charity – Saint Pope John Paul II Message for the 1997 World Day of Migrants.

 

 

Related CLINIC Resources

Papal Messages for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Quotes from Pope Francis on Immigration

About CLINIC's Catholic Identity

Guiding Principles of CLINIC's Work

 

 

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Quotes from Pope Francis on Immigration

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Pope Francis has spoken out on immigration issues since the beginning of this papacy.

CLINIC's "Quotes from Pope Francis" is a compilation of select excerpts from Pope Francis' homilies, messages, and teaching documents on immigration issues.

 

Download Quotes from Pope Francis on Immigration (pdf)

 

 This document will be updated periodically. Last updated February 11, 2016.

 

Related CLINIC Resources

Compilation of Catholic Social Teaching Passages on Migration

Papal Messages for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

About CLINIC's Catholic Identity

Guiding Principles of CLINIC's Work

 

 

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Justice For Immigrants Lenten Toolkit

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The Justice for Immigrants campaign, of which CLINIC is a part, has put together this Lenten toolkit (also available in Spanish) for parishes and communities to use during Lent. It offers weekly resources to accompany you through your Lenten journey. The resources are designed to help you reflect on the biblical call for immigration reform, and act to impact our current political reality.

The Lenten Immigration Resources will provide you with stories, scripture readings, prayers and reflection questions for personal use or to share with a group.

We hope you find these tools useful and engage in a Lenten sacrifice of prayer and advocacy to fix our broken immigration system.

Download the 2015 Lenten Toolkit (pdf)

Download the 2015 Lenten Toolkit in Spanish (pdf)

Download a flyer to promote the 2015 Lenten Toolkit (pdf)

 

 

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Creating a Citizenship Program Preparation Toolkit

Citizenship test preparation and quality legal services go hand in hand in assisting an immigrant along the path to citizenship. A prospective bill for comprehensive immigration reform will most likely bring changes in legal and language requirements for citizenship. It is the job of all legal service providers and teaching professionals working with the foreign born to anticipate these requirements and prepare clients in advance. The Creating a Citizenship Program Preparation Toolkit will be helpful to anyone seeking ways to better serve the foreign born as they prepare to naturalize.

Please also see CLINIC’s Creating a Workplace ELL Program for information on how to partner with local businesses and implement a workplace English Language Learning program.

Click on the chapters below to read sections of the Creating a Citizenship Program Preparation Toolkit

  1. Introduction: Tools for a Legal Program Interested in Starting a Citizenship Program - Designed for legal immigration programs interested in creating a citizenship program.
  2. A Client’s  Road to Citizenship - Follow the client’s road to citizenship with this chart that details the step-by-step process a client follows in order to become a U.S. citizen.
  3. Program Needs for Legal and Language Service Programs Combined - Compare the programmatic and equipment needs for legal and language programs, and learn what components of these two programs can be shared.
  4. Citizenship Program Models - Many citizenship programs start small and grow over time. This chart will identify easy services to implement now plus provide ideas for services to plan for in the future.
  5. Planning for a Citizenship Program - Creating a legal and language service program requires a lot of planning and thought. A sample Logic Model is provided to assist program development and a blank template can be printed for individual use.
  6. Program Development - Funding must be considered when planning to open a new program or to offer new services. Use this resource to learn about possible program standards required by funders as well as potential sources of funding.
  7. Integrating Technology into your Program - The use of technology is becoming increasingly important in the legal and language services field. This chart will pinpoint technological advances and improvements programs can make today and into the future.
  8. Sample Course Outlines for Citizenship Class - Click here to view sample course outlines for both ELL-based civics classes and citizenship classes.  
  9. Training  and other Resources - Visit this page to access resources that can be used for planning legal and language service programs.
  10. FAQs - Find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding a citizenship preparation program.
  11. Terminology - Learn the definitions of commonly used terms and acronyms.

Questions? Contact Leya Speasmaker at lspeasmaker@cliniclegal.org.

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Using International Law in U.S. Immigration Cases

The following resources were created as part of a partnership between CLINIC and the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University to encourage the use of international law arguments in U.S. immigration cases:

An International Human Right to Free Legal Counsel for Unaccompanied and Separated Children in U.S. Immigration Proceedings, by Sanjula S. Weerasinghe and Andrew I. Schoenholtz, highlights international human rights law and commentary as well as potential arguments based on this law that could be utilized by U.S.-based advocates to promote a right to free legal counsel for unaccompanied and separated children navigating domestic immigration proceedings. Where relevant, the memorandum also references regional human rights law and national policies and identifies further avenues of research for advocates.

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