Zimbabwe: Cardinal Turkson attends the Conference in Southern Africa
March 1, 2018
Cardinal Peter Turkson – Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the Vatican
The Conference was hosted by the Catholic University of Zimbabwe from 27/02/18 to 28/02/18 at Crest Lodge Hotel, Harare. The meeting was attended by all the Bishops in Zimbabwe and delegates from different countries and organisations within and outside Zimbabwe. Cardinal Turkson made a presentation on “Major trends and the need for international responsibility sharing and for new forms of governance in migration“. Below are some of the highlights from Cardinal Turkson’s presentation:
“When people migrate, the fundamentals of coexistence do not change. Politics needs to take this into consideration. No government bestows dignity on a person, it comes from creation. In society, governments must promote and protect it.”
Quotes from Greg Mills’ book that Africa is poor by choice. Whose choice? the choice of its leaders. The poverty situation in Africa is mainly because of challenges in government
Migration is a theological category, it serves God’s purpose of salvation. Jesus flees to Egypt, and it led to the salvation of the human family. Integration is a consequence of migration.
Migration can facilitate encounter, it can be a source of peace & economic growth. Only if society looks at this a an opportunity for dialogue @Pontifex once said all of us are sons of immigrants
Adam where are you? Cain where is your brother? Pope Francis teaches that our world is now being consumed by indifference.
To be a refugee does not reduce your dignity but rather calls for its protection and recognition, human family grew out of the brotherhood. We were created to coexist in pursuit of our common good
Migrants need to be welcomed, to be protected, to be promoted and to be integrated in our communities.
The cardinal said @Pontifex encourages Discernment. Governments should discern about the ability and capacity to receive these people (migrants)