Welcoming Migrants in the Age of Populism
A Journey into Exile flyer“My name is James and I am 14. I am an Irish refugee who is trying to flee with my family in order to escape the great famine that has afflicted my country from 1845 to 1849…. My name is Gabriel and I am 28. I am a Haitian asylum seeker trying to escape a miserable life.”

With these parallel stories Norbert Piché, National Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), invites us to reflect on the issue of immigration today (See the full story in the French Jesuit website here). With the electoral campaign in full swing in Quebec, and with the plight of immigrants, as is often the case, taking second place to the deplorable media frenzy and the disturbing election calculations, it is clearly a good moment to take a step back and to look at this situation from a historical perspective. This is the exercise to which Mr. Piché calls us in the latest edition of the magazine Prêtre et Pasteur.

The 21st Century will be marked by two great concerns that are tightly intertwined: first climate change and then the migration of millions of people directly or indirectly linked to climate change. I can assure you that what we are confronting at this moment is only the tip of the iceberg. In the course of the next decades, we will see many more displaced persons around the world. Many of them will want to come to Canada and their survival depends on it. What will our response be?

Highlighting at the same time both the long tradition of welcoming the Other to Canada and to Quebec, and the outburst of xenophobia and antisemitism that have risen up during the history of our country, Norbert calls on our fellow citizens, our fellow believers, and our elected representatives to open their doors and their hearts to millions of men, women, and children fleeing misery and persecution.

“Our politicians are often swayed by the vagaries of public opinion, rather than exercising leadership and acting with probity and dignity, stepping up on the international stage and allowing what is nobler and more beautiful in the human spirit to emerge. So it is up to us to demonstrate leadership and to prevent our politicians from making [short-sighted] decisions,” he says.

Please note that the workshop A Journey into Exile – an activity promoting awareness of the reality of migrants developed by the JRS – will again be offered on October 11, at 4:00 pm, at Laval University in Quebec City, at the Pavillon Félix-Antoine-Savard, Room FAS-140z


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October 16, 2018 — Just as all roads used to lead to Rome, it now seems that all conversations eventually lead to Trump. Or Trudeau. Or Ford. And while up until recently most people got their news in two daily doses, morning and evening, in the Twitterverse it’s like being on a 24/7 cortisol drip which stimulates exasperation, fury, anxiety and/or total anomie.

From January 12, 2010, passing by October 4, 2016, to October 6 this year, the Calvary of the Haitian people has not stopped. Their rosary beads of misfortunes has not ceased to roll out. To accompany our people in the permanent quest for dignity and hope is not an option but a duty which comes from the Gospel itself.

On October 4, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) released its new policy on the prevention of sexual abuse. It’s really an update of their first policy on this topic, published in 1992, under tragic and dismal circumstances; namely, the pedophile scandal at the Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John’s, NL.

We were 17 social and international delegates, meeting across borders, including from the Antilles, Mexico, Central America, US and Canada.  Our number included Rafael Moreno, coordinator of Justice and Ecology for CPAL and Xavier Jeyaraj, secretary for the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat in Rome.  Several times, we had the presence of Padre Melo, Yolanda Gonzalez and Pedro Landa of ERIC/Radio Progreso.

?The most recent issue of the jesuit magazine Relations (in french) looks at the issue of regional development. Titled A Fragmented Québec, this edition of Relations is an attempt to celebrate in its own way the 30th anniversary of a significant issue of the magazine.

October 10, 2018 — Thanksgiving reminds us of God’s countless gifts and unlimited goodness – all reasons for a constant stance of gratitude.

On October 7, various Catholic media, including the Vatican, released an open letter from Cardinal Marc Ouellet, in which the current Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops responds to accusations by the former Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to Washington, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, concerning the McCarrick situation. This letter is worth reading. Really.

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