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Vatican issues resource booklet on Climate-Displaced Persons | Migrants & Refugees Section

The resource booklet, Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced Persons, proposes practical guidelines for helping climate migrants that are of timely relevance to African Christianity today. This is because displacement and migration of persons caused by various climate and environmental crises are implicated, as direct causes or indirect catalysts, in many of the conflicts across Africa that also manifest in forms of religious intolerance. It has been demonstrated that extremists and terrorists recruit more easily from among people rendered precarious by a mix of factors that include climate and environmental crises. Christian mission outreaches among these people may serve true gospel intent by emphasizing humanitarian social engagements rather than the presently widespread conversion drives hiding ulterior church expansion goals targeting muslim elements.

The climate crisis has a very human face. It is already a reality for multitudes of vulnerable people worldwide. The Catholic Church shows a warm pastoral care for those who have been displaced from their homes by its effects.

The Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced People explains the new challenges posed by the disturbing perilous phenomena of climate disruption in many parts of the globe and suggests appropriate pastoral responses.

Source: Climate-Displaced PeopleMigrants & Refugees Section; and follow this link to read the resource booklet, Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced People.

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