ACMRO Director appointed to Pontifical Council for Migrants and Refugees


Director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office Fr Maurizio Pettená CS has been appointed as a consulter to the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Refugees.

Fr Maurizio brings to this new position more than 20 years of pastoral experience, having worked in countries as varied as his native Italy, Argentina, the Philippines and Australia.

He is a member of the order of Scalabrinians of Charles Borromeo, which has a particular charism to work with migrants and refugees.

In his new role, Fr Maurizio hopes to give issues facing migrants and refugees in Australia more prominence.

"The Church in Australia is without doubt a multicultural church. The impact of migration is more and more visible especially in parish life, and in the priests serving the dioceses and in the membership of religious congregations," Fr Maurizio said.

Fr Maurizio has dedicated his appointment to the late Bishop Joe Grech, who was the Australian Catholic Bishops delegate for Migrant and Refugee issues. Bishop Joe died on 28 December 2010 at age 62.

"Bishop Joe taught me how we love and serve migrants and refugees in the Church in Australia," Fr Maurizio said.

"Prior to his death, Bishop Joe Grech intervened frequently on issues pertaining to the welcome of asylum seekers and refugees, and two other Australian bishops (Bishop Eugene Hurley and Bishop Christopher Saunders) have also come out in defence of asylum seekers since Bishop Joe’s death."

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