Catholic Teaching on Immigration

Catechism of the Catholic Church 2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.

Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.

Canadian Bishops Pastoral Letter (2015) “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me”: Pastoral Letter on Welcoming Refugees

Pope Francis Messages- World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Bishops of the United States: Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration and the Movement of Peoples and Immigration

Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Executive Order on Refugees and Migrants

Cardinal Wuerl’s Reflections on White House Executive Order

Contact Information for Canadian Catholic Organizations Sponsoring Refugees

Compilation of Catholic Social Teaching Passages on Migration: Notable Quotes

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