ASIA/MACAO - Day of Migrants: to promote harmony and unity among the peoples

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Macau (Agenzia Fides) – To promote the encounter and dialogue among different cultures, races and religions, to open up to each other and celebrate the joy of peace: is the commitment that characterized the celebration of the Day of Migrants and Refugees. According to information collected by Fides Agency, immigrants in Macau from Myanmar, Vietnam, East Timor, Indonesia, India and the Philippines, attended the solemn Eucharist, together with the local faithful, which was presided over by the Bishop of Macau, His Exc. Mgr. Jose Lai Hung-seng, on Sunday, January 19, in the parish of St. Augustine. The Mass was followed by a meeting which was concluded by the agape and a feast during which different groups performed songs and dances of their countries of origin, with the aim to share and spread "harmony and communion" among peoples.
Among the various initiatives that took place in the diocese as part of the Day of Migrants, on January 16, a meeting took place, promoted by several Catholic groups, to commemorate the centenary of the Day, which was attended by over 5000 people. According to the organizer, the meeting gave everyone the opportunity to learn about the history of the Day, the evolution of the phenomenon of immigration and the current situation, and especially emphasized the commitment of Christians to promote dialogue between cultures, races and religions. (NZ) (Agenzia Fides 21/01/2014)