Pope urges young migrants to shun violence
28 November 2007, VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday urged young migrants to shun hatred and violence in a message prepared for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
28 November 2007
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday urged young migrants to shun hatred and violence in a message prepared for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
"Be respectful of the laws and never let yourselves be carried away by hatred and violence," he wrote for the occasion to be marked on December 13.
"Prepare yourselves to build together with your young peers a more just and fraternal society by fulfilling your duties scrupulously and seriously towards your families and the state," he said.
The pope urged young migrants "to be protagonists... of a world where understanding and solidarity, justice and peace will reign."
The message was prepared before the rioting since Sunday in Parisian suburbs where many young immigrants face high unemployment and claim discrimination.
At least 120 police officers have been injured in the violence, touched off after two teenagers were killed in a motorbike collision with a police car.
Benedict also called for school systems "to create a climate of mutual respect and dialogue based on the universal principles and values that are common to all cultures."
Such an approach will help migrants "face in the best way possible the challenge of integration," he said.
The message also stresses the situation of children and adolescents in refugee camps, saying "even greater commitment is still needed to help them by creating suitable hospitality and formative structures."
Subject: French news