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It was a special day in Riace, a small village in Calabria, in southern Italy, as residents recently celebrated Saints Cosmas and Damian — doctors of the poor, patrons of Riace and of gypsies.
There was also a special guest joining the mayor to open the ceremony: 9-year-old Even, who had arrived from Ethiopia just three days before.
“Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian came from Syria. Today Syria is in many ways at the centre of the world’s problems; there’s an exodus that’s unprecedented in the history of mankind. Today, in Riace, we have a child as a symbol of hope, of a new life, to which all humans are entitled,” Domenico Lucano, Mayor of Riace, said during the celebrations.
A note recently made by P. Vértesaljai László, S.J. is addressed to all of us who are affected by the fate of the immigrants massively arriving at Europe: “we should not adjudge them, based on what they do, or what they omit to do, but based on what they suffer from“ (Radio Vaticano). First we can grasp warning that we should not evaluate the deed of those who come to us in a utilitarian way. It does not matter what are the consequences of what they do, or how much they are successful. It is more momentous to realise the intention that works in their heart. We cannot admit to have moral assessment unless we correlate the deed of our fellow creature to their duties.
The Phenomenon of Migration as a Special Female Matter
A Responsibility for all European Citizens
Cluj 2-4 July 2010 Click here to download the .pdf file