Theology of the Local Church in Relation to Migration
Bishop Alfred Ancel
This paper concerns the responsibility of local churches regarding the care of migrants and includes an opening message by Pope Paul VI on the subject. The ideal of treatment of migrants and attitudes toward foreigners is compared to the lived experience, racism and exploitation of migrants. The paper then discusses the role of the local church with regard to the pastoral care of migrants and the ‘international’ right of migrants regardless of ethnicity or nationality.