During the opening ceremony of the preparatory (stocktaking) meeting of the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on December 4, 2017, the Holy Father delivered a recorded video message in which he invites everyone, individually and collectively, “to welcome, protect, promote and integrate” migrants and refugees as part of a global common response. At the end of his message, he turned his attention to the Global Compacts on Migration and on Refugees and called on those working on the Global Compacts to be inspired by “compassion, foresight, and courage.”
The video message, which will be released officially to the public in the coming days, was shown for the first time at the stocktaking meeting in Puerto Vallarta for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. It is, however, meant as a proposal for addressing the situation of migrants and refugees beyond the discussion at the United Nations.
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