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Monsignor Becciu Recommends Openness and “Integration” of Immigrants

The University, Place of Encounter

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“We are messengers of a culture of openness,” said the Substitute of the State Secretariat, Monsignor Angelo Becciu, during an interview on Italian Catholic Television TV2000, commenting on the immigration policy initiated by the President of the United States, Mister Donald Trump. 
Monsignor Becciu had just celebrated the Mass at Rome, this Wednesday, February 1, 2017, which preceded the opening of the Academic Year of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. 
“Is the University the place of encounter?”, asked TV2000. “History witnesses and manifests, also in Father Gemelli’s idea, the fact that the Catholic presence is a bridge towards other cultures and fosters a truly Catholic culture, but Catholic in the sense of service rendered to humanity desirous of having its own culture, and rendered to suffering humanity,” answered Monsignor Becciu. 
And to the direct question: “Are you worried about the wall and the United States’ immigration policy?” He answered: “Certainly, there is a worry because we are messengers of another culture, that of openness. The Pope also insists on the capacity to integrate those who arrive in our society, in our culture.”
Translation by Virginia Forrester

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