Refugees, the “widespread” welcome | RomaSette

Refugees, the “widespread” welcome | RomaSette
Refugees, the “widespread” welcome | RomaSette

In view of the World Day of 20 June, Diocesan Caritas, Centro Astalli and Scalabriniani relaunch the programs marked by the health emergency

«Every parish, community religious, monastery, sanctuary of Europe host a family, starting with my diocese of Rome ”. Almost six years have passed since Pope Francis’ appeal to the Angelus of 6 September 2015. To help those fleeing war and misery, Caritas Rome, Centro Astalli and the Scalabrinian Agency for Development Cooperation have joined together to create programs of ” widespread acceptance ”which inevitably came to terms with the health emergency.

On the eve of the day World Refugee World Cup announced by the United Nations, which since 2001 has been celebrated on June 20 to commemorate the approval of the Convention relating to the status of refugees, Father Camillo Ripamonti, president of Centro Astalli, specifies that the pandemic “has revealed nothing new” . Even before Covid-19 “there were great difficulties for inclusion. The coronavirus has taken the refugee situation to an extreme “. The Jesuit Service therefore made a commitment to “stabilize” the initiation of paths of insertion and “accompaniment of vulnerable people, preventing them from taking steps backwards in integration. It was important to identify new interpretations for a future that goes towards a social friendship pursued through the reconstruction of a society that does not discriminate but includes ».

To follow up on the appeal del Papa, the Scalabrinian Agency for Development Cooperation, directed by Emanuele Selleri, transformed the old missionary seminary into Casa Scalabrini 634, which combines “hospitality with service to the territory and the local community”. Designed to accommodate 30 people, “with Covid it was necessary to halve the number of guests”. The whole activity was affected, based on the encounter, the relationship, the knowledge. «The pandemic has crushed the projects of those who were starting a path of personal and professional autonomy – continues Selleri -. Now that we are starting again it will be even more important to promote inclusion processes ».

The diocesan Caritas has instead involved the parishes, which were asked «not only to host families but also to involve the communities in the path of accompaniment and integration», says Lorenzo Chialastri, head of the immigration area of ​​Caritas Rome. There are 25 that have been hosting continuously since 2015. “The parish communities have become more open to the problems of migrants, with whom solid relationships are established. Many foreigners, in fact, after having found work, remain to live in the neighborhood that hosted them ».

June 14, 2021


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