Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leaders

The Permanent Mission of the Holy See in Geneva, Caritas Internationalis, the International Catholic Migration Commission, and Jesuit Refugee Service jointly present for your consideration and action the attached document "Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leaders".

The resulting document consists of 16 pledges to be made by Leaders of Faith Communities regarding the duty of their respective religious traditions to welcome the stranger. The second section of the document constitutes a brief listing of religious principles that support this common understanding and demonstrate why religious leaders can adhere to and share the pledges. Simply put, the reason is that the affirmations are common to all and that each religious tradition demands such a response from its adherents.

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