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Cardinal Tagle says everyone has a little migrant in their soul

There’s a little bit of migrant in everyone, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, said during a US visit.

The story of human history is one based on people moving around the planet in search of a better life and it is humanity’s responsibility – and the Church’s – to welcome travellers and meet their needs, Cardinal Tagle told Catholic News Service on 14th February at Catholic Relief Services headquarters in Baltimore.

To ignore the needs of another person is to ignore the needs of a brother or sister, he said.

And by understanding that each person, especially those who are migrants or forcibly displaced from their homeland, is a on a journey to God, then perhaps the barriers that keep people separated from each other can be overcome, he said.

“Our basic contribution as Church is to put the human face on the person” and help share their journey to hope, security and freedom, he said, referring to the two-year Share the Journey campaign of Caritas Internationalis, which aims to raise awareness of the needs of migrants worldwide.

Cardinal Tagle, Caritas’ president, spent the day with CRS staff, helping open the 75th anniversary observance of the US bishops’ overseas humanitarian relief and development agency.

Picture: Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, speaks on 14th February at Catholic Relief Services headquarters in Baltimore. Cardinal Tagle spent the day with CRS staff, helping open the 75th anniversary observance of the US bishops’ overseas humanitarian relief and development agency. (CNS photo/Phil Laubner, courtesy Catholic Relief Services).

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