Migration, as a dynamic inherent to life, closely affects the pastoral dimension. Through the care of the encounter, the time given to relationships and the shared experience of faith in the places of everyday life, pastoral action cultivates an open gaze that helps to grasp, in the dramas of the time in which we live, the birth pangs of a world still capable of humanity: in the wounds, a new life can be generate not only for those who are welcomed but also for those who receive.
Pastoral actions give shape and nurture the biblical and theological reflection: the catholicity of the church, its being ab origine a people of peoples on the move, discovers in migrations a precious opportunity for creative synodality that opens up to communion in diversity thanks to concrete people.
From this point of view, pastoral care is not a pastoral care “for” migrants but “with” migrants: an experience in which we become, all together, the church of Easter and Pentecost, a community shaped by the Spirit: an experience of fraternity, a caravan of solidarity, a holy pilgrimage for everyone.
Carmen Elisa Bandeo
Martinelli Monica is an associate professor of Sociology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan (Italy) and a member of the “Centre for the Anthropology of Religion and Cultural Change” (ARC). Among her publications: ‘Con’ i migranti: la sfida dell’umanizzazione, in “Studi Emigrazione”, n. 209, 2018, pp. 91-108; È possibile una convivialità delle differenze?, in “Servizio Migranti”, 1, 2020, pp. 31-56; Religion in the secularized and post-secularized Europe, in Zanfrini L. (eds.), Migrants and Religion: Paths, Issues, and Lenses, Brill, Leiden-Netherlands, 2020, pp. 74-110; Il viaggio migrante. Dinamiche trasformative in atto, in Petrosino S. (a cura di), Jaca Book, Milano, 2021, pp. 135-157.
Carmen Elisa Bandeo, SSpS, originally from Argentina, is currently serving as the Coordinator of the Jesuit Refugee Service Non Formal Education project, Magistories, in Greece since November 2018 and at the International Migration Desk of the UISG. Sr. Carmen has previously taught and worked in mission animation to youth in Argentina; and has led campus ministry, prison ministry among teenagers and adults, and has counseled ilegal migrant workers and victims of human trafficking in Taiwan. In Rome she served as Mission Secretary and JPIC coordinator for her Congregation. During that time, she was member of the UISG-USG Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation group; Member of the UISG Intercongregational project in Sicily and worked as contact person from her congregation in the Centro Astalli Semi autonomy project while volunteering in Centro Arrupe with the families and children.