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Cardinal Parolin Confronts Migration Emergency in Mexico

Vatican Secretary of State Decries Mass Exodus

VATICAN CITY, July 14, 2014 (Zenit.org) - The Vatican Secretary of State has decried an emigration emergency in Mexico.

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin arrived Sunday afternoon in Mexico to discuss issues related to the phenomenon of emigration, reported Vatican Radio.

The goal, according to an official of the Mexican government, is to try to coordinate a joint program between the government and the Holy See on this tragic matter.

The visit is notable because it coincides with a humanitarian crisis involving thousands of migrant children traveling alone to the United States. All Central American countries are involved in this exodus. The Catholic Church is in the front line since almost all hostels for migrants in Mexico are run by Catholics.

After having been received by the Mexican Foreign Minister, Jose Antonio Meade, Cardinal Parolin participated in a working dinner which was attended by federal authorities and lawmakers, as well as the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Today, the Vatican Secretary of State will meet with Mexican President Enrique Pe˝a Nieto, and will participate in a meeting on migration and human rights.

During the Mexican President's official visit to the Vatican last June, he invited Cardinal Parolin to his nation. (D.C.L.)

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