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    Tuesday, October 03, 2006

    Intercultural, multicultural mess

    The problem is what to do when you don't like what you've learned about the
    other's fascinating culture.


    "This is why interculturality is obligatory in today's society, to keep the human dimension safe in an evermore globalized world" and "is the privileged educational form. (...) Civil coexistence demands that each individual may easily have access to the cultural system of others, in the practice of 'negotiation' which does not mean renouncing one's own culture, but the search for points of convergence and encounter with respect for the legitimacy of each one".

    Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, intervened today in Naples, Italy during the World Habitat Day, organized by the United Nations, its theme this year being "The City, Magnet of Hope". The Archbishop's speech was dedicated to the theme: "The City, Crossroads of Cultures and Multicultural Project".

    The Archbishop said: "The presence of persons from different cultures that live in the same territories is evermore frequent, due above all to the acceleration of the migratory phenomenon", as well as the industrial areas and the metropolis and "in general each nationality represents a culture so we find ourselves facing a cultural and religious pluralism never so fully experienced as today".


    Anonymous religion of pieces said...

    "so we find ourselves facing a cultural and religious pluralism never so fully experienced as today".

    Like in France?

    October 05, 2006  
    Blogger Joseph said...

    I was thinking Mexico which is Christian, but with a different culture.

    But you are right. It is cultural and religious in France.

    Really though, it is not by any means automatic that one will like the different culture. So celebrating diversity, as we hear so often from the pulpit, does not impress me an enjoyable or automatic.

    October 05, 2006  

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