The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the World Council of Churches, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, held a World Conference in which the Church was urged to be key in promoting a just and peaceful human society, where voices of migrants and refugees themselves, were held.
The Conference which brought together religious, and ecumenical leaders as well as governmental, intergovernmental, civil society leaders among others took place from the 18 – 20 September 2018, in Rome, Italy.
Among the dignitaries at the Conference were the first Vice President of SECAM, Most Rev. Mathieu Madega Lebouakehan, Bishop of Mouila, Gabon, Most Rev. Smaragde MBONYINTEGE, Bishop of Kabgayi (Rwanda), the representative of the region of ACEAC and Most Rev. Andrice Muandula, Bishop of Xai-Xai (Mozambique), the SECAM representative of the Region of IMBISA, as well as the Secretary General of SECAM and his 2nd Deputy, that is, Frs. Joseph Komakoma and Samuel de Jesus N. Paquete,
The meeting was an opportunity to reflect and seek cohesive and realistic responses to the phenomenon of increasing xenophobia, racism, and populist nationalism in political and social responses to migrants and refugees. The conference also explored ways in which churches can give moral leadership to state and civil society actors, and inter-religious partners to proactively address xenophobia, racism and populist nationalism in the context of global migration, and to promote compassionate and constructive responses informed by Christian faith and tradition of respecting human dignity and rights and support for international law.