March 23, 2009- The mixing of races, cultures, religions, and ethnicities is as old as civilization itself.
Although it is not always easy, a new book by Paolo Gomarasca of the University of the Sacred Heart of Milan says that it is part of the human experience. Cardinal Angelo Scola, the Patriarch of Venice, was present for the book’s release and notes a positive historical example.
Card. Angelo Scola Patriarch of Venice Within this process, it is important to take into account the great history, especially that of Latin America, and Mexico in particular, which in its own way shows positive results of the mixing process.
Immigration and integration are hot button issues in many parts of the world, including the United States and Europe. But cardinal Scola says that religions can be a positive influence in easing the process.
Card. Angelo Scola Patriarch of Venice Every religion recognizes that God guides history, and must look to God to help all of humanity to obey this design of mixing that does not escape the hands of God. With regard to Christians, we are the followers of one who was the living personal truth, and gave his life for the good of all of humanity, and so we are called to encourage others to adopt the style of Jesus.
But religion alone is not the solution. Religious and secular authorities must assume responsibility of what is required of them in their areas of expertise, and work together for the common good.
Card. Angelo Scola Patriarch of Venice It is very important to distinguish which task is the responsibility of religions and which is the responsibility of the state and political authorities. They have tasks that are very different. Whoever has political responsibility must build an effective peace, founded on the new world order which we all need.
According to the most recent data from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, there were 31.7 million refugees, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers, and stateless persons in their care around the world in 2007. The majority of them came from Africa and Asia.