Pax Christi International members from Japan, South Africa attend world conference on xenophobia, racism
from the World Council of Churches
12/10/18 - Religious leaders and civil society representatives of different countries and diverse Christian churches, including Pax Christi International members Sr. Filo Hirota of Japan (pictured right, center of photo) and Fr. Peter-John Pearson of South Africa (pictured right, foreground of photo), gathered in Rome from 18-20 September to discuss the urgent task of combating the world’s increasing fear of so-called “strangers.”
Migrants and refugees attended the conference and offered a first-hand perspective on how political and social responses have either led to grave injustices or, on the other hand, have given them hope.
The “World Conference on Xenophobia, Racism, and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration” also explored the pivotal role that churches can play in promoting a just and peaceful human society. In this context, “populist nationalism” connotes the deliberate manipulation and exacerbation of people’s fears, concerns and insecurities about the negative impact of migration on their families, communities and cultural identities, for the purposes of political self-interest and electoral advantage...