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Vatican Secretary of State in Mexico to Discuss Migration Emergency.

Archbishop Pietro Parolin

HOANG DINH NAM/AFP

Agenzia Fides - published on 07/14/14

Goal is to coordinate joint program between the Mexican government and the Holy See.

Mexico City (Agenzia Fides) – The Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, arrived yesterday in Mexico to discuss issues related to the massive migration of young people from Central America to the United States.

The goal, according to an official note sent to Fides by the Mexican government, is to try to coordinate a joint program between the government and the Holy See, on this tragic matter.

Cardinal Parolin was received by the Foreign Minister, Jose Antonio Meade, and attended a working dinner which, in addition to the federal authorities and lawmakers, was attended by Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. The Vatican’s Secretary of State was to meet today with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and participate in a meeting on migration and human rights.

Cardinal Parolin had been invited by Peña Nieto during his official visit to the Vatican last June. The visit is particularly important because it coincides with the humanitarian crisis underway because thousands of migrant children have been traveling alone to the United States. All Central American countries are involved in this exodus. Even the Catholic Church is in the front row because almost all hostels for migrants in Mexico are run by Catholics.

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