Welcoming New Arrivals

In the name of Christ, Catholics and Orthodox Christians in these ordinary situations made their fellow countrymen feel at home. Many of these welcoming practices survive today and have been extended to new arrivals from the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and South America, to Catholic immigrants from Southeast Asia, and to the Catholics and Orthodox from eastern Europe and the Near East.

When Jesus told his followers to "go and make disciples of all nations," he added the words: "and remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20). Catholics and Orthodox believe that Christ acts through them as his instruments. As creatures of a loving God they have their God-given natural abilities. As instruments of Christ's mission to bring salvation to the whole world, they believe that Christ acts through them

when they feed the hungry, comfort the troubled, visit the bedridden, welcome a stranger, or heal the sick.

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