(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Peter Turkson says the need for a ‘habitat’ or a home is found in the first pages of the Bible but that migration impedes the fulfillment of that need.
The Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development made the comments in reference to Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which takes place on Sunday, January 15.
The Pope’s message is dedicated to children, especially to the protection of vulnerable child migrants. Cardinal Turkson spoke to Vatican Radio’s Stefano Leszczynski.
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Cardinal Turkson said that God did not "just create a human person and then leave him. He created a garden. There was a place where God put humanity: a garden, a home."
He said this showed the basic human need for a home, "a habitat which provides all the different elements and ingredients for the development of the person".
"Migration," he said, "challenges that and makes the realization of that very difficult. [This is] still worse when they are minors. When they are minors, this implies that the family structure is broken down where they originate from and they leave, without all the traditional senses of security, defense, and safeguards."
The interview also touched on the newly created Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development headed up by Cardinal Turkson.
(Devin Sean Watkins)